Diagnosed with an incurable cancer before he was one-year-old, Michael Crossland has faced a multitude of obstacles simply living into adulthood.
He was given just a four per cent chance of survival, and made it through with the help of a highly experimental drug. Michael was the only survivor of its first human trial.
He would go on to spend 25 per cent of his life in hospital, at constant risk of infection and fatigue; and had his first heart attack at just 12-years-old. Michael defied doctors by living past his teenage years, and by 23, was the youngest national sales developer for one of the largest companies in the world.
Michael will share his story of overcoming the odds time and time again, and facing life with indefatigable determination, when he visits the RSM Club on Saturday night.
“He’s had a really challenging past, so he’s a really good inspirational, motivational talker,” Inverell Chamber of Commerce president Josh McPhee said.
“He overcame (cancer), got through the trial and has had a whole lot of uphill battles, his whole entire life.”
Mr McPhee encouraged local businesses and community members to make the most of Michael’s visit.
“He’s an international calibre speaker. That’s not something that we get to town more often, so that’s a really good opportunity for businesses to maybe bring along a few of their team, to really try and inspire,” he said.
“I think life is not about the amount of days you have on earth, but what you fit into those days that allows you to live a remarkable life,” Michael said at a previous speaking event.
“Everyone of us, every single day, is blessed with the air that we breathe, the opportunities that we have, and I challenge you every single day to get out of bed and do something that your future self would be proud of.”
“This is a really good opportunity for Inverell,” Mr McPhee said.
“All of the people that I’ve talked to that have seen him before have all said they want to go again, have all raved about him.”
Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, the evening begins at 6pm, and costs $15 per person, with finger food provided.
Tickets are available through Try Booking or from Tourism Inverell.