Michael competes in Relay For Life

CANCER survivor Michael Crossland is the inspirational pin-up boy for this year’s Coffs Harbour Relay For Life.

Michael soon turns 26 but he is lucky to be alive.

When he was only 11 months old he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a primary cancer which spreads aggressively through the body.

“I had more than a dozen tumours through my body. The doctors said I had less than a 10 per cent chance of surviving,” Michael said.

He began chemotherapy on his first birthday but his family was warned the treatment could kill him.

It actually left him with permanent damage to his heart, lungs and immune system.

Michael says he would not be here today without the support of the Cancer Council.

“I would not have been able to have the treatment or travel the 12-hour round trip for treatment each week for five years without both the financial and emotional support of the Cancer Council,” he said.

Michael is also a motivational speaker, passionate baseball enthusiast and local bank manager at Westpac, one of the youngest managers in the organisation’s national network.

He’s urging the community to join him in the Relay For Life on May 29 and 30, where he will be a participant and the guest speaker at the Candlelight Ceremony of Hope.

Teams and individuals will walk, skip or run around the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park on Stadium Drive, with bands and entertainment providing a carnival atmosphere.

You can register at or call Fiona Foulkes at the Cancer Council on 6659 8402.

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