Deniliquin’s Jake Freshwater is partnering with Fight Cancer Foundation as the face of its new fundraising campaign — ‘The Clock Cancer Challenge’.
It asks people to get moving for 35 minutes every day for the month of November. Participants will select a physical activity of their choosing and seek donations from family, friends and co-workers.
Mr Freshwater, who grew up in Deniliquin, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia when he was 24.
In order to access life-saving treatment, Mr Freshwater and his family had to relocate from Deniliquin to Melbourne.
While in Melbourne, the Freshwaters found a ‘home away from home’ at Fight Cancer Foundation’s BMDI Rotary House, where they lived for six months.
Mr Freshwater is now calling on all Australians to join him in ‘Making the Minutes Count’ this November, and will share his experience with blood cancer to demonstrate how Fight Cancer Foundation supports people living with cancer and their families.
‘‘It’s really important that people get behind The Clock Cancer Challenge this November. I want all families to have access to the same support services provided by Fight Cancer Foundation that my family and I had,’’ Mr Freshwater said.
‘‘Without them we would have been lost.’’
Mr Freshwater was one of a group of locals to start the ball rolling on the new campaign at the Fight Cancer Foundation’s 25th annual gala event, the Red Ball at the Crown Palladium ballroom, last month.
It included Phil and Jo Burn, whose young son Daniel was also diagnosed with AML in June 2015.
The Burns were also temporary residents of BMDI Rotary House in North Melbourne during Daniel’s treatment.
The Red Ball was hosted this year by Shane Jacobson and was a sell-out event.
As well as the Red Ball, the Fight Cancer Foundation also holds Footy Colours Day in September to raise much needed funds for its many projects.
Fight Cancer Foundation is a national charity dedicated to providing care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families, and funding vital research into cancer treatment and cures.
Fight Cancer Foundation’s managing director Eric Wright says The Clock Cancer Challenge is an easy way for people to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
‘‘Thirty-five Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer or a blood-related disorder every day. This new fundraising campaign is a simple and fun challenge that people can take to directly support families affected by blood cancer,’’ he said.
For more information and to register for The Clock Cancer Challenge, go to fightcancer.org.au/events/clockcancer.
To sponsor Mr Freshwater’s challenge, go to https://clockcancer.everydayhero.com/au/clock-cancer-with-freshie.