Drew Coogan was inspired to support Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning after being diagnosed with stage-three testicular cancer. Following an eight-month battle, Drew is now in remission and back at work as a Principal – Business Information Systems at BHP Billiton’s office in Brisbane.
“My advice to everyone – both men and women - is to stay on top of your self-checks, as being proactive will save your life,” Drew said.
A chef by trade, Drew looks forward to his annual fundraising event as it’s a chance for him to get back in the kitchen, and of course raise important funds for an organisation that helped him through a particularly difficult time in his life.
“The flood of information that hits you in the first two weeks after being diagnosed can be overwhelming,’’ he said. “You are required to make some tough decisions and in a very short period of time. When I called Cancer Council 13 11 20 I received help with how to prioritise those decisions, which in turn allowed me to focus on my treatment.
“I’m proud to share my story at my annual Biggest Morning Tea with colleagues to ensure the importance of early detection and fundraising gets across to the team.
“Having a cup of tea and a few minutes to chat with my colleagues about cancer gives me an opportunity to keep this focus.”
After surviving his diagnosis, Drew is making the most of life, travelling whenever and wherever he can.