Never tear us apart is something that defines our family.
For two years our dad fought cancer, with frequent trips in and out of hospital. During this time, it was really important that we lent on each other and helped each other through the pain we were going through. This support continued after dad lost his battle, the need to stick together became even stronger for our family.
Some days would be harder than others and there would be moments you would just want to break down and say, why our dad? This is where being such a close family got us through, never ever would we be alone or fighting the loss of our dad alone, we always had each other to lean on for support.
Even though we would eventually end up in different states we would never be torn apart, just a phone call or a short flight away, we would always be there for each other.
Thinking that dad would always be watching down on us, kept us all interlinked.
There is nothing in life more important than family. No matter what you are experiencing, whether good or bad, family are always there, no matter what.
They are there for support, listening, strength, encouragement.
I can always rely on them to help me through life's most challenging situations. This gives me strength to keep going, especially on days when questioning why this happened to us - the support and love of family keeps me moving forward. Understanding that there will be challenging times but knowing that you will not be facing them alone makes these moments more manageable.
It was my experience of those 2 years when dad fought extremely hard to beat cancer, the trips to hospital, the long days spent in hospital, that motivated me to get involved with the Childhood Cancer Association.
I can relate to what these families are going through.
When I go into the hospital and see the families around the bed or chemotherapy chair, I understand their pain and I want to help ease that pain. I want to help the child with cancer or their brother or sister sitting with them, by taking them away from that world for even 5 minutes. I try to bring a smile to their face, whether it's talking footy or kicking the footy or simply signing something.
One thing I repeatedly see, that makes me proud is how close each family is and how supportive they are of each other. Like my family, they know that sticking together is the only way to get through it.
I am very fortunate to be a position that allows me to make a difference in the life of others, even if that is by simply having a photo or giving a high five to someone.
Simple gestures can make a child smile and may instantly change their week or even the way they look at life. When going through something so devastating and negative, such as cancer, any form of positivity can have a huge influence during that fight.
Anyone can make a difference, not just high-profile people. We just need to understand that putting a smile on someone else's face, can change a life. I am proud to be an ambassador for the Childhood Cancer Association and help their valuable work supporting families to ‘never tear us apart’.
Candid is proud to support Childhood Cancer Association. As one of our featured charities, we want to help raise valuable funds and awareness for such an important organisation.