Our dearest friend, colleague and loyal Xpander needs your help to kick a nasty cancer in the nuts and to make a staggeringly important message go viral.
Dan Sheppard, 32, moved to Sydney in 2011 and joined Xpand Group in 2013. This month, Dan was diagnosed with bowel cancer and given 6 months to live.
In April 2015 after going to his GP with blood in his stool, Dan was advised to see a nutritionist. Fast-forward to just one year later when Dan experienced pain in his shoulder. That pain turned out to be caused by 3 massive secondary tumours on his liver, pushing against his diaphragm. The primary cancer is subsequently found in his bowel, along with 5 or 6 others, and Dan is given 6 months to live.
The thing is, Dan's not done yet.
Those that know Dan well will be familiar with his determination, passion and downright obsessiveness for topics that catch his interest. Dan has responded to his prognosis by applying every objection handling technique he has ever learnt - give a brilliant Recruiter an obstacle, a reason not to, a rejection and he will come back with a stronger, bigger, fatter reason to counter your negativity. Dan has been pouring over the medical journals, absorbing all he can about complementary therapies, given consideration to alternative techniques and goddamn it, he will even give alchemy a shot at this stage.
There's only one way out of this for Dan and that's to NOT come 2nd.
Most of all, Dan is concerned that this could happen again and again until the voice of awareness grows strong enough among the young to ensure that they know just as much about the early detection of cancer as their elders. As you can imagine, Dan's got a lot of work to do.
A crowdfunding page has been set up to help Dan achieve his goal. A crowd is only a collaboration of stacks of individuals so please help us to make this crowd absolutely enormous.
A football tournament will be held in Sydney within the next few weeks, stay tuned for further details on how to participate.
Donate now to help Dan explore his new passion âstaying alive, investigating how the hell this happened and doing everything I can to make sure Iâm one of the last people to miss such an aggressive cancer.
Share this link, to everyone across both personal and professional networks this happened to our friend, our colleague, and it could happen to yours, so letâs get the message out there to as many people as we possibly can.