Our ballziest intiative ever to raise $1 million for cancer research is well under way: we’ve got The Bachelor alum Noni Janur spreading the good word; you, our extended Fam sharing the love on social; and we’ve got more of our brave Fam members telling their stories. Read on to find out why these YF Fam members are supporting the It Takes Ballz charity campaign and encouraging others to do the same.
I lost my grandmother to breast cancer 16 years ago. I was four years old when she passed, and I’ve got very few memories of her (most are from when she was in hospital). I’ll be buying Charity Protein Ballz in memory of my grandmother, as well as my mum and aunts, to do my part in helping raise funds for prevention and a cure.
Jasmine’s wise words for anyone going through tough times:
Given that I don’t have many memories with my grandma, I try to make as many memories with my family as I can, and I never leave anything unsaid.
I watched my uncle go through the stages off brain cancer 15 years ago and it still haunts me in many ways. He was an athlete, participating in triathlons, cycling, rowing, and mountain runs from coast to coast in a day! I always think about how someone so fit could be impacted by cancer.
Since then, my dad has had has leukaemia. I struggle everyday because we live in different countries and can’t be there to support him. My great granddad lived to his 100s and died of cancer, so as I get older I have to become accepting that I could also be impacted – I turn 40 in June.
Nathan’s wise words for anyone going through tough times:
To overcome challenges, I recommend taking it one day at a time, and sticking together, as much as you can, as a family.
My mum found out she had cancer when she went to the doctor because she had a sore shoulder. She found out she had stage-four lung cancer, as well as two shoulder tumours and one in her brain. This whole experience was special even though it was extremely hard seeing my mother in a lot of pain; going through all the highs and lows has given me beautiful memories to cherish, as well as closure for our family to move on. It was a short two months before my mother's passing. It’s made me stronger as a person.
At first it's very hard to deal with, thinking that she’ll walk in the door, smile, and give me a big hug. As time goes on it definitely gets easier.
Michael's wise words for anyone going through tough times:
Try to stay positive and surround yourself with supportive and caring friends and family. Cherish the time you have with your loved ones; be happy, be sad, laugh, and cry – you’ll be so grateful for it.
Missed part 1? Read the stories here.