We are extremely proud to announce that Peter Mac volunteer and patient Samuel Symons has been awarded by the Victorian Government for his work advocating for people living with cancer.
Samuel, 27, accepted the Outstanding Achievement by a Young Volunteer Award at the Minister for Health Volunteer Awards ceremony at the MCG on Thursday afternoon.
He has been a Peter Mac patient since the age of four when he was diagnosed with brain tumour and he has had secondary cancers diagnosed throughout his life. He used his experiences as both a child cancer patient and adolescent transitioning into adult cancer care to shape the services that exist today for Adolescent and Young Adult cancer patients.
Samuel was recognised for his contribution to treatment tailored to the unique needs of young people living with cancer. He began volunteering at Peter Mac six years ago, initially on the Victorian & Tasmanian Youth Cancer Advisory Board (YCAB) and then the Peter Mac Community Advisory Committee when he turned 25.
He advised on the design of the Melbourne Youth Cancer Centre at Peter Mac’s new building and has also contributed to awareness and education programs for healthcare professionals across the adult and paediatric oncology sectors.
His enthusiasm, determination and resilience has affected real change in the lives young people living with cancer from across Victoria and Australia.
Congratulations also to Peter Mac's Shu-Yi Soong who was a finalist in the Outstanding Achievement by a volunteer: Supporting Diversity Award and the Peter Mac Literary Library which was nominated for Improving the Patient Experience category.