This morning Tim & Jess spoke to Bandanna Day Youth Ambassador Maddy Ritchie ahead of CanTeen's Bandanna Day this Friday.
Maddy was diagnosed with a rare Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer of the pelvis and left leg when she was just 17-years-old, back in October 2015. At this time, she was told she had 3 months to live, and was referred to CanTeen by her social worker.
When I was going through chemotherapy and radiation, I felt immense isolation and grief because everything I knew was put on hold within the space of 48 hours. When I joined CanTeen, they offered me opportunities that were life changing. I was able to connect with other young people and felt part of a family, and I now have friends for alifetime. CanTeen honestly changed my life.
- Maddy Ritchie
Bandanna Day partner, PETstock Rockhampton’s Tony Kirkwood, said that even small donations go a long way, and encouraged locals to visit their Rockhampton store to purchase a $5 bandanna.
We know that every 20 bandannas sold allows a young person to attend a recreation day to take a break from the daily pressures of living with cancer.
- Tony Kirkwood
With every PETstock store in Australia getting behind the cause, $20,000 has already been raised for Bandanna Day. You can donate in store or online at www.bandannaday.com
Listen to Maddy's chat with Tim & Jess below...