23,000 young people are affected by cancer each year, which means 63 young people a day. One day in 2010, I was one of those people.
2010 was the start of our journey, the battle with cancer. Mum had a melanoma but after treatment was soon in remission. A year or so later she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and passed away in 2013 from Stage 4 metastatic melanoma.
I never really realised that mum wasn’t going to be around forever. She was my rock, my hero. I’m Tyson Dixie, by the way, I’m just a normal guy wanting to give back and make a difference in this ever-changing world.
My passion for this role as youth ambassador has stemmed from my very first camp with Canteen in Narooma NSW. It was a fishing trip and I bloody love fishing so I was definitely there. Coming home from this camp I was in tears to mum sharing how caring and beautiful everyone was. People just got me and for once I wasn’t made to feel different. Outside people don’t get the whole cancer thing. When I tell people they come back with “I know how you feel”. Do you really?
This was the point I knew that Canteen would be with me forever and one day I’m going to give back. This is my chance and if I can be a ‘voice’ for people who may not have one, that’s everything.