Michael Milton, Paralympic Gold Medallist
Michael Milton is one of Australia's best-known athletes. His four-gold-medal haul at the Salt Lake Winter Paralympic Games endeared him to a sport-loving nation and earned him the title of Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
Michael was first diagnosed with cancer at age nine, which resulted in the amputation of his left leg. He was subsequently diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2007. It was a huge shock to Michael and his family and the initial prognosis was not good. With a 35% survival rate, oesophagael cancer in one of the world's deadliest.
Michael received chemotherapy and radiotherapy and had radical surgery later that year and is now in remission.
As a survivor of both childhood and adult cancer, Michael is passionate about supporting organisations like the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship. Despite often feeling unwell, with fatigue being a major issue, he continues to challenge himself physically in the hope that continuing fitness will keep the cancer at bay.