Inspirational cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury is Icon Cancer Foundation’s first ambassador.
Hailing from Bundaberg, 18-year-old Chelsea has always dreamed of becoming a singer. Her dreams were put on hold when she was diagnosed with lymphoma while in year 12 at the age of 17.
Becoming an ambassador for Icon Cancer Foundation means a great deal for Chelsea.
“It is an absolute honour to be an ambassador for Icon Cancer Foundation. The Icon family of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, administration and support staff, as well as other patients I have met during my treatment, have been so very special to me. My amazing family have given me so much support during my treatment and I know there are many cancer patients who may not have such strong support groups. In this way, I am honoured to represent an organisation that can help support others through such a difficult time in their lives.”
Chelsea’s mother Judi Stutchbury is touched that Icon Cancer Foundation has chosen her for this role and is eager to help support clinical trials of new cancer treatments.
“So many people have done so much to save Chelsea’s life and many other lives. For Chelsea and our family it is an honour for her to be able to give back by being an ambassador.”
“Clinical trials are so vital and without them my Chelsea and many others would not be here. We are forever grateful to Icon Cancer Foundation.”
Since being diagnosed with cancer Chelsea has had the opportunity to meet some of the music industry’s biggest names including Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Delta Goodrem and INXS’ Kirk Pengilly.
In her last month of treatment, Chelsea wrote the lyrics for her debut single, Vincristine, co-written with Scott Aplin, musical director of The Voice Australia. The song, named after the chemotherapy drug she was taking, is inspired by her battle with cancer and the fear treatment would affect her voice.
Today Chelsea is back doing what she loves most, singing! She is studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and building her voice up to where it was before she started chemo therapy. “My voice is much stronger than when I started.”
Chelsea’s song Vincristine is now available to download on iTunes and Spotify. All sales directly support cancer research. Click on the song cover or here to buy now.