When Adelaide’s Michael Wood hits the 6,000 plus steps
of Adelaide Oval’s Stadium Stomp this July, his fight with blood cancer won’t
be too far from his mind.
The 22-year-old Redwood Park man has battled cancer
three times – and his fight continues. Today he is still undergoing treatment
for Hodgkins Lymphoma - and will be among the thousands of South Australians
making every step count for the Leukaemia Foundation at this year’s event.
Michael was first diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma
when he was 13 years old. At that time he had a mass 29 centimetres wide
growing in his chest.
“You could see it covering the whole right hand side
of my rib-cage – it was massive,” Michael said.
After a gruelling six rounds of chemo and then six
weeks of radiotherapy he made it back to school in Year 9. But remission was
short. That same year he relapsed and went through it all again.
“Remission only lasted about three months. I then had
to have four more cycles of chemo – then I had an autologous stem cell transplant.”
“It was rough.”
While Michael, like many teens with cancer, missed a
significant amount of school during this time – he fought back. For six years
he led a normal life. He returned to playing soccer and cricket and even
achieved a 99.9 ATAR in Year 12 at Modbury High School, going on to study
Chemical Engineering at Adelaide University.
“For about six years I was pretty much back to normal.
I went back to playing soccer and restarted cricket the same year,” Michael said.
“But then in March, 2016 it came back. I’ve been
having treatment pretty much ever since.”
Michael and his friends will be among the thousands of
South Australians expected part in Stadium Stomp on Saturday, July 9 – and he’s
urging participants to join him and help raise funds for the Leukaemia
Foundation – this year’s Stadium Stomp charity partner.
The Foundation will partner with the ultimate stair
climbing challenge in stadiums across the nation this year, starting with the
MCG on June 18.
“The foundation is proud to be involved with Stadium
Stomp, which encourages people of all fitness levels to get active and
fundraise for charities,” Simon Matthias, Leukaemia Foundation General Manager
“Events like Stadium Stomp helps the foundation spread
the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while helping support our
vital work to help find a cure and support South Australians just like
Michael,” he said.
You can help improve the lives of people with blood
cancer by registering online at www.stadiumstomp.com.au and nominating
the Leukaemia Foundation as your preferred charity.
12 years and older can enter Stadium Stomp Adelaide as individuals or in
teams. For more information about Stadium Stomp visit www.stadiumstomp.com.au.
For more information
about the Leukaemia Foundation visit www.leukaemia.org.au or call 1800 620 420.
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