At 11 months old, Michael Crossland was diagnosed with an incurable cancer called neuroblastoma. The doctors sent his parents away and gave him only months to live. Remarkably, after a scary drug trial, lots of chemotherapy and 5 years in hospital, Michael outlived his cancer and tells his story today as a successful businessman, elite sportsman and world-renowned inspirational speaker.
After his cancer experience, Michael lives every day as if it is a gift. His inspiring story teaches us about appreciating life, our daily privileges, and the power in resilience and standing up in the face of cancer - together. 🤝💛
Michael's gems of wisdom:
"It's not the adversity in your life that defines you, it's how you deal with it. No one in your life is ever going to tell you what you can do, they will only ever tell you what you can't do."
Michael is an inspirational speaker who tells his audiences about resilience and the power of positive thinking. After being told he had no chance of recovery and then surviving a cancer that is known to be incurable, Michael has achieved more in his life than his doctors ever thought possible. He has turned his story of adversity and isolation into one of inspiration and hope for our Camp Quality families out there who are going through the same experience.
"It's amazing what optimism, resilience, courage, and a lot of hope can do. Believe in yourself and realise that anything is possible."
Michael and Camp Quality believe in the power of positivity through the ORANGES: Optimism, Resilience, Attitude, Now (Mindfulness), Gratitude, Energy and Strengths. Michael believes that no matter what life throws at us, we can make it through stronger, more grateful and better than ever.
"I really mean this from the bottom of my heart, that there is no way in the world I would be alive if it wasn't for Camp Quality."
Michael was the youngest-ever child to go on a Camp Quality camp; he even met his best friend at one of our camps! Thank you Michael for sharing your story and for recognising the joy that Camp Quality wants to bring to every child going through their own cancer story. You are an inspiration. 💛💖