People don’t un­der­stand what cancer is about and the ef­fect it has on fam­i­lies un­til they ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­ence it for them­selves.

Central Leader - - NEWS -

tough,’’ 21-year-old Sam says.

‘‘People don’t un­der­stand what cancer is about and the ef­fect it has on fam­i­lies un­til they ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­ence it for them­selves.’’ It wasn’t un­til his younger brother Matt had his own scare with lym­phoma two weeks be­fore Christ­mas that Sam broke down.

‘‘It was a shock and a bit up­set­ting but at the same time I had to get over it to help him out,’’ Sam says.

The 19-year-old was given the all-clear on Christ­mas Eve. ‘‘I was quite scared,’’ Matt says. ‘‘Roddy was so young when he died and it was quite hard to process be­cause he was like a brother to us.’’

The broth­ers say they used

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.