Kieran McLeod’s ongoing work in raising vital funds and awareness for brain cancer has been recognised this week, with the 17-year-old receiving a nomination for the Young Queenslander of the Year for 2020.
While the unsuspecting Bremer State High student and vice-captain learnt of his nomination during the end of year awards night, the accolade reflects the impact Kieran has had in the fight against brain cancer over the past 12 months.
Kieran’s journey with brain cancer began in his second year of high school back in 2014, when a precautionary MRI highlighted a small tumour on his brain. Kieran’s tumour had remained stable until the end of 2017, until the tumour flared, and surgery was required. Along with his chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment program, Kieran has also faced the challenge of juggling study commitments throughout his final year of school.
Throughout his treatment, Kieran knew that a lot more had to be done to find a cure for brain cancer, which kills more children than any other disease, and more adults under 40 than any other cancer.
So, Kieran decided to organise the first ever Walk4BrainCancer in his home town of Ipswich in September this year. Having set an initial fundraising target of $10,000, the community of Ipswich rallied behind Kieran to raise more than $15,400 for vital brain cancer research, advocacy and awareness.
The impact which Kieran has had in raising the profile of
brain cancer was further highlighted when Labor member for Ipswich, Jennifer
Howard, spoke of Kieran’s ongoing advocacy work in an address to the Queensland
Legislative Assembly last September.
Watch Ipswich member Jennifer Howard's address to the Queensland Legislative Assembly.
The Young Queenslander of the Year recognises those aged between 16 to 30 who are “outstanding and exceptional young people”. Kieran’s nomination for this prestigious award puts him in the running for Young Australian of the Year, announced on 25 January.
Great work, Kieran!
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