In 2009, Caringbah youth Chris Boyd was diagnosed with cancer. He had a rare type of malignant tumour the size of a table tennis ball in his sinus cavity. Fortunately, he was given high chances of a full recovery and less than a year later he is now back to his former self.
With new life comes new opportunities, and now Chris has decided to help others and founded Australian Youth Against Cancer – a charity aimed to support youth cancer sufferers and survivors. Chris identified a gap in the support system whilst he was enduring his treatment. There were children’s charities, women’s charities and various other institutions but none were tailored to the youth bracket.
Chris and his mate Ian Bacon, are gearing up to paddle the entire length of the Murray River. This will be their inaugural fundraising event, with more events planned throughout the year. They were recently featured in the Sutherland Shire Leader, to read the full article see here.
Chris is also organising a group to run in the Sutherland to Surf. If you’re registered to run, or plan on running, contact AYAC through their website or visit this event page to see how you can be a part and help AYAC raise awareness. Three Beach & Bay Realty staff members have already signed up to run for AYAC. Now it’s time to start training….
If you would like more information please watch this short video on Australian Youth Against Cancer & Chris Boyd’s story.