1. 23-year-old South Australian man dies less than a week after diagnosis.
Michael Owens, 23, died in his sleep on April 9, 2018, of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, less than a week after presenting to his doctor with a sore neck and a cough, according to 7 News.
Two days after the diagnosis he proposed to his girlfriend, Rosie Rechichi, from his hospital bed.
“He was someone really special,” she told the network. “He was really kind, he listened, he was funny.”
Each year, 900 Australians are diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.
Michael’s father, Peter Owens, will be walking from Port Augusta to Adelaide in September to raise funds for research into the disease, and is urging Australians to ask their doctor for routine blood tests.
“You normally have to have a reason to have a blood test. Michael showed no signs of any illness,” he told 7 News. “If at annual check-ups in the future you always had a blood test … it would be brilliant.”