John Friedsam

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I'm taking part in Bandanna Day to stand up to cancer!

I’m taking part in Canteen’s Bandanna Day this year to support young people when cancer crashes into their world.

Canteen is the game changer. They help young people cope with cancer in their family, rebuild their foundations and connect with others in the same boat.

Please help me to reach my goal and together we can take a stand for young people affected by cancer. 

Thank you for your support!

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Shaving my head today

Friday 28th Oct

I’m shaving my head for National Bandanna Day this year in honour of my father, Bruce Friedsam, my mum and sisters and to raise awareness and vital funds for the services that Canteen provides for young people and families experiencing cancer; services I could have greatly benefitted from as a young teenager. 

When I was 16, my dad died from cancer at just 50 years of age. Now, with my 51st birthday only months away, I’m acutely aware that this is the year I will outlive my father, and I realise, now, 50 is just so damn young. This is the year I want to dedicate to him, and to all the families and young people out there who are facing the impacts of cancer in their lives.  

Watching cancer drain the life out of my father was a traumatic experience. The last 12-18 months of his life were particularly difficult. Though my family and friends were always there for me, on many days I felt alone. Now as an adult, with a young adult child of my own, I can see deeply feel the challenges faced by my parents.  Parenting through these challenges, I can’t bear the thought of trying to get my kids through those tough last years and then launch four kids, ages 16, 19, 23 and 25 into their lives through bereavement.

 

Unlike back in those days, Canteen is here for families

Parents – know you’re not alone

Young people - know you’re not alone

Reach out to Canteen and tell a friend who may need it and not know about Canteen’s services.

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Chris Gleisner

Go my love! I'm so proud of you and Brucey baby would have been so very proud of the amazing human you are. xxx

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Peter O

Go John Friedsam, Canteen Legend and Superstar

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Keith Clarkson

Well done John , all the best

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Chris Ward

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Kerry Kalcher

You are the most committed and passionate advocate John, I so respect that.

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John Friedsam

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Tom Browell

Go John, you are the best!

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Kelly Khabra

So proud of you John!

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Sarah C

That was a close shave!

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Fran

Keep up the great work John.

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Leigh Cleave

Awesome John !

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Zoe Thompson

Thank you John for always trying to make the world a better place.

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Stephanie Wise

Way to go John!

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Jerri Friedsam Fuss

It’s truly the hardest thing to watch and experience. Thank you for your continued efforts to support young people and their families going through this. 🙏🏽

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Sarah Rossiter

Such a touching story for you to share! Love your passion!

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Niall Quinlan

Go John!

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Tracey Gauthier

Love you John! Dad is proud you are helping so many people

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Kevin Jewell

Onya John!

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Daniela Peloso

Go John. Love the new look!

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Tallulah Gleisner-friedsam

Good on ya. Proud of you Daddio.

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Mom

So proud of you

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Anonymous

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Mel

Big love to you x

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Simon Davie

Good on you John! 👏👏 (There's no better look than a shaved head 😂)

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Sarah Meppem

Great work legend!!!

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Laura Wuellner

Well done John! Fitting tribute to your dad. Canteen is amazing!

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Joey Frease

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Gillian Mackay

Great work John!

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Ryan Alexander

Love your work John!

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Sylvia Unsworth

Tiito here we are Ruby and I supporting you all the way, i know this year is different. So proud of you. Keep going you doing so great.

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Leanne Jewell

You're a superstar John❤️

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Kerry Kalcher

Walking the talk John, amazing as always!

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Yani Ferdinandus

Thanks for sharing your story John. Love the beautiful photos.

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Amanda Packert

I’m so proud of you and the work you are doing. Keep being the Big John we know and love!

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Jess

You are a beautiful human…inside and out…with or without hair!! You give so much of yourself to others always!! And peoples lives are just better for knowing you!! X

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Kim Pearce

Go John I've missed the Channel 7 shave (assume it was morning show) best wishes for the support behind you and the funds that will be raised, GO CANTEEN.

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Rachel Fetting

Have fun and if you get too cold I know where you can buy a bandana !

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Laura Millar

Go John! You make the world a better place.

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