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Cheryl is a multi-gold medalist for Australia in dragon boat racing. She recently qualified to represent Australia again on the Auroras team in their next world championships. Despite Cheryl’s active outdoor lifestyle, her skin cancer story isn’t about herself. Instead, her story starts with her father, Tod.
A decorated military pilot, Tod was a flight sergeant in the RAF, and he trained as a Wireless Air Gunner in Winnipeg. During a doctor visit, Tod’s doctor pointed out a mole and asked him if he’d like to remove it. Since it didn’t look cancerous at the time, Tod opted to keep his mole, not knowing that this decision would alter his life forever. After headaches resulted in hospital visits, doctors noticed that the same mole had changed. It was now a very aggressive melanoma. Even though it was swiftly removed, the damage was done. Sadly, Tod passed away within 6 months of the melanoma being removed.
After seeing her dad for the last time, Cheryl drove home from the hospital with her husband, Bob. An all-too-familiar set of symptoms were affecting Bob, who had such a severe headache that he had to pull over. That same week, Bob was in the hospital too. A melanoma that’d been removed two years before had returned with no remorse. Just six months later, Bob also passed away.
Cheryl needed her father and husband around a bit longer. She lost them within in a six-month span—both to melanoma. Cheryl is a face of skin cancer.