Camino de Santiago
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Amount Raised
$7,036.00
Fundraising Goal $5,000.00

My Message

My relationship with Cancer began in Feb 2013 when I was diagnosed with Type One Non-Seminoma Testicular Cancer. At the time I was 29 and thought I was invincible. After losing my father to cancer only twelve months before I couldn't believe my luck. I thought, was some higher power playing a cruel joke on me? Mentally I was not prepared for this and that became more than evident by the way I chose to handle my situation. Help was the last thing I wanted and I was too proud to ask. My way of combating this was, by turning to the one destructive friend no body needs to help numb the pain, Alcohol. Ahh yes, fair enough to say that things went from bad to worse but by some miracle I clawed my way out of the rabbit hole and emerged victorious. I had battled cancer and won.

Fast forward to Nov 2017, life seemed to be on track or so I thought. I was pursuing my goal of becoming a Carpenter in the Army, had just purchased an engagement ring to propose to my gorgeous partner and was preparing to move south to Albury, NSW, when everything changed in the time it took me to examine myself in the shower, which I'd become cognisant of after the initial diagnoses in 2013. A small lump the size of a piece of rice on my right testicle. ‘You're kidding me’ was my first reaction. All I could muster up was a scared muffled chuckle. Was this really happening again? ‘Not now’ was all I was thinking. The timing couldn't have been better, just as everything seemed to be going great in my life. At the time I was attending a course down in Sydney as part of my progression to becoming a Carpenter. I had four weeks left on the course and I wasn’t going to let anything prevent me from successfully finishing so I kept quiet. This ate me up for the next month. In my head I knew exactly what I was dealing with but I wouldn't know for certain until the 17th Nov when after an ultra-sound a Urologist confirmed my worst fear. I had Testicular Cancer, for the second time. I felt like I'd won the Cancer lotto again. ‘Why me?’ is all that was running through my head. I needed to get a grip of the situation as I felt myself slipping down the rabbit hole again. My mind became a constant battleground of dark thoughts and self-loathing. I needed to take charge of the situation quick. And that is exactly what I did. I made the choice to not let this break me. With the support of my loving partner, family and friends I chose to turn my situation in to a positive not a negative. How was I going to achieve this? By educating myself, by volunteering my time to help other cancer patients and survivors and by living my life to the best of my ability without putting limitations on myself.

So it is now Jan 2018. I'm half way through my Chemo treatment and feeling surprisingly good. But most of all I'm excited for what life has in store for me. Cancer will always be a part of who I am and I am proud of that fact because it has made me a more robust and resilient person as a whole and brought me closer to the people I love. Thank you Cancer you have truly humbled me. So in retrospect Cancer may have dissolved my body but it hasn’t dissolved my will. I will continue to be strong of mind, body and soul. In writing this I tell my story and mine alone. I appreciate you taking the time to read my words and your continued support in helping me achieve my goal. Thank you and much love to you all.

Steve Dunt

Event Date
Nov 24, 2017 12:00 PM
Location Name
Darwin

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My Supporters (36)

Nadine left a message
Apr 19, 2018 1:28 PM
Hi Stephen , well done on your successful bike ride on the weekend, it was an inspirational day an amazing effort, you have smashed your fundraising target !!!!
#ontheballride donated $3,746.00
Apr 16, 2018 1:21 PM
Sid Moore donated $100.00
Apr 6, 2018 9:38 AM
KyeDFFD Lorenzi donated $400.00
Mar 8, 2018 10:34 AM
Josie. left a message
Mar 8, 2018 9:16 AM
Stay positive Dunt and if you can survive being friends with Tom you can live through anything. xx
Josie Johnson donated $100.00
Mar 8, 2018 9:05 AM
Richo's Decals donated $100.00
Mar 7, 2018 9:48 PM
Superior Lawn Care Townsville. left a message
Mar 5, 2018 1:32 PM
Stephen, my thoughts are with you every day, I hope this Donation can bring some comfort and a cure for this Menace Disease. Superior Lawn Care Townsville.
Superior Lawn Care Townsville donated $500.00
Mar 5, 2018 1:22 PM
Trevor Taylor donated $50.00
Feb 9, 2018 10:47 AM
Max Williams donated $50.00
Feb 9, 2018 10:23 AM
Sharyn Parker donated $250.00
Feb 8, 2018 2:09 PM
Jim Currie donated $50.00
Feb 6, 2018 10:00 AM
Matt Eckersley left a message
Feb 4, 2018 9:04 AM
Best of luck Steve. Your account seems to be doing well but if for some reason it doesn't get your goal contact me and i'll donate more.
Matthew Eckersley donated $100.00
Feb 4, 2018 9:01 AM
Rhonda Meyerowitz donated $50.00
Feb 4, 2018 1:03 AM
Brendan Livy donated $20.00
Feb 3, 2018 5:37 PM
Daniel Pedano donated $50.00
Feb 3, 2018 5:10 PM
Tia Kemp donated $150.00
Feb 3, 2018 9:01 AM
Kirra Minenko donated $100.00
Feb 2, 2018 8:58 PM
Cass left a message
Feb 2, 2018 3:16 PM
Wow!!! You're all amazing!!! <3 Over a $1000 in 24hrs!!!
Denise Dunt donated $100.00
Feb 2, 2018 9:36 AM
Vanessa Learmonth donated $100.00
Feb 2, 2018 6:02 AM
Fiona Dunt donated $100.00
Feb 1, 2018 9:18 PM
Fiona Dunt donated $100.00
Feb 1, 2018 9:17 PM
Abbie Greaves donated $20.00
Feb 1, 2018 6:38 PM
Leeroy Onion Peeler donated $100.00
Feb 1, 2018 6:00 PM
Cass Moore donated $50.00
Feb 1, 2018 3:59 PM
Megan Heymer donated $50.00
Feb 1, 2018 3:46 PM
Nicole Pediaditis donated $20.00
Feb 1, 2018 3:25 PM
Mick Rowe left a message
Feb 1, 2018 3:08 PM
Go Cuz !!!
Mick Rowe donated $300.00
Feb 1, 2018 3:07 PM
Jase Nuske donated $200.00
Feb 1, 2018 2:56 PM
Kristy Duncan donated $50.00
Feb 1, 2018 2:32 PM
Leena Hack donated $20.00
Feb 1, 2018 2:28 PM
Stephen Dunt donated $10.00
Jan 31, 2018 8:39 AM
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