Twenty-one year old Dean Eastmond has been living with cancer for the past year and was devastated when he heard the cancer had spread. But then a guardian angel stepped forward to lend a helping hand….
However, he is still looking for other ways of treating the illness and has decided to explore alternative therapies and treatments to accompany those he is receiving in hospital. However, he says that he has found it hard to afford the treatment.
He tried crowdfunding and was shocked when he found himself under attack by online trolls (ignore the wankers!). But on the whole Dean says he has been overwhelmed by “the kindness, generosity and love people had shown” .
The stress of the abuse led to Dean feeling worse and he took to Twitter to express his anxiety about what he should do. In the end, he decided to set up another GoFundMe to raise funds for the treatments. YouTuber Troye Sivan had seen his Tweets and messaged him privately, offering Dean to cover the cost of his alternative treatment.
“Within minutes, he had lived up to his offer and donated thousands in the blink of an eye (much to my awe, amazement and slight embarrassment) before popping off to sleep,” Dean reveals on his website. “Troye (below) might have just saved my life, you know.”
Dean, as you can expect, has been incredibly touched by the Australian YouTuber’s gesture.
“Troye stopped and noticed me, made a difference that could save my life and proved with his modesty, without a fanfare, that he truly is a hero of the LGBTQ community and beyond,” he says.”
“So thank you Troye, for not only proving to me that kindness really does save lives, but for potentially giving me the one thing I want in this world; an escape rope out of this horrific disease.”
He added: “Cancer is a little less isolating right now. You have given me the fight to prove that poor survival rates exist to be proven wrong and that this cancer, that clearly doesn’t have commitment issues with me, exists not only to be defeated, but to teach me how beautiful this world and those who walk it can be.”
Read Dean’s full post HERE
Dean is the Editor of HISKIND and a freelance journalist who has written for the likes of Teen Vogue, The Guardian, The Independent, Attitude, aTEEN and more. You can follow his full cancer journey here and follow him on Twitter here.