TEG in partnership with CanTeen supports ‘Side of Stage’, a national initiative conceived by The Hilltop Hoods to give young people affected by cancer special access to live music shows across Australia.
‘Side of Stage’ is open to young people aged 12-25 whose lives are currently being turned upside down by cancer, whether it is their own or a close family member’s diagnosis or the death of a loved one.
MC Pressure (Dan Smith) of HTH had experienced the trauma of seeing his eight-year-old son Liam undergo chemotherapy for leukaemia. Fortunately, Liam made a full recovery and the program was inspired by his story.
‘Side of Stage’ allows children and teenagers suffering cancer and their families to enjoy respite from the battle by way of a TEG-provided entertainment experience.
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The program has allowed dozens of young people affected by cancer to enjoy live entertainment experiences.
I felt like a normal person again so thank you for the tickets and a great night
Harrison Lassig has recently turned 16 after enduring a tough 12 months. Harrison was diagnosed with lymphoma when he was 15. The family lives in Bundaberg, but because he needed intensive treatment Harrison was living 350 kms away in Brisbane for over a year.
Harrison has largely lived in a hospital accommodation away from family and friends. He has been unable to return Bundaberg. The great news is that Harrison has now received the all clear.
In a lovely part of the story, his 12 year old sister Charlotte wrote to CanTeen’s Side of Stage when she saw an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour with Brisbane Broncos star Matt Gillett, who is a Ticketek Ambassador. Harrison is a huge fan of the Broncos.
The family was delighted that Harrison’s tough year in Brisbane finished on such a high note. Harrison, his sister Charlotte and dad David visited the club’s Red Hill training base and later watched the Broncos v Manly NRL match.
The Side of Stage program included a VIP experience for the Hinchliffe family from Sydney at the US College Football match at Allianz Stadium.
The family spent the pre-match pitchside gaining insights from ex-NFL star Chris Draft, who has established a family well-being foundation after cancer affected his family.
“We all had a great time yesterday at the game and got some great memories as well,” said Sandra.
Here are other testimonials:
“Being given the opportunity to go to the soccer and watch the Socceroos was a very special experience for both me and my sister, who I took with me. We were both extremely excited to be able to attend the match and we’re so thankful and appreciative to have been given this chance. It was a night of fun and allowed us to take our minds of the medical aspect of our life and have a stress free night. It is definitely an experience we will never forget and that is something we cannot thank you enough for.” – Tom is 17 and is being treated for cancer.
“Since being diagnosed with cancer three months ago I have not been able to spend a lot of time with my sister and have not really laughed a lot, but receiving tickets to Chris Rock allowed my sister and I to bond and laugh our hearts out, I felt like a normal person again so thank you for the tickets and a great night”. – Caitlin is 20 from Brisbane.