A 12-24 MONTHS PROGNOSIS TURNS INTO 9 WEEKS.
You just need to spend 5 minutes with Mick to realise this is a man on a mission. After losing his 52-year-old mum to cancer only 9 weeks after the diagnosis, Mick is on a mission to raise funds for Cancer Council Victoria.
MICK, TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOUR MUM
Mum was a single mum of 5 who had only recently turned her life around after doing it hard for a very long time.
In May, my mother hurt her back at work and went to get it checked. The doctor asked her to come straight back as they found Lytic lesions on her spine which are a serious concern for cancer. They found cancer on her hip, which was a secondary bone cancer. Through a series of scans, it was found that the originating cancer was in her lungs but had spread to multiple locations.
CAN YOU PLEASE SHARE A BIT ABOUT MICKY’S MISSION?
My mission is to raise awareness so that other families don’t have to endure what we have gone through. While I’m alive and while I can I want to have the biggest possible impact on this community. I want to make sure that I can give so the next family doesn’t go through this. I want to do what I can do help find a cure for cancer.
I started out wanting to raise about $15,000 but now that we have raised $38,000, I would like to get to $40,000. I know this may sound extravagant, but I think we can do this. It’s not about me, it’s about other people. My motto is “The more you give, the more you get back”. And as I put this out there, more and more people are giving. I am blown away.
As part of my fund-raising efforts, on 24th November 2019 I completed the Western Sydney 70.3 Half Iron Man. I completed it in 5 hours and 17 minutes which is awesome as I wanted to do it in under 6 hours. It was an emotionally mixed day for me as I was missing mum, but it was so nice to have my family support me, especially my wife and sisters.
This Half Marathon I completed entailed a 1900m swim, a 90km bike ride, and a 21km run. While completing it, I felt a new level of pain and my body was screaming at me, but I pushed through thinking about the inspiration my mother was. I was also driven by the thought of my little sisters going home and not having a mum there.
TELL ME ABOUT THE SUPPORT YOU HAVE RECEIVED
My company Bfirm PT has been the major driver behind my mission, the generosity shown by our amazing clients has been phenomenal. The support shown by my wife Dana, my father Colin and my immediate family has been the reason I’m able to do this.
Anne Haynes, from Royston Property Group, is one of my major sponsors. We recently asked if she would sponsor my mission to make a different and her immediate response was, “Absolutely Mick!”. She is really driven to make a difference in people’s lives and wants to increase awareness to help raise as much as possible for the Cancer Council.
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