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A ‘wish’ to pay it forward

Daniel Bouwmeester    June 8, 2023    2 min read   

A local real estate agent and past Make-A-Wish recipient is spearheading a fundraiser for the same charity that made his childhood wish a reality – from 6pm tonight, Thursday June 8.

Recently turned 19-year-old Ryan Breaden, from Brookwater, is organising and hosting the event at Ballistic Beer brewery on Thursday, June 8, at 6pm, where he will shave off his hair.

All money raised will go to the Ipswich branch of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia, a charitable organisation that brightens the lives of children facing serious illness.

His goal is to raise $10,000, and to achieve this goal Ryan has set up a GoFundMe page (gofund.me/0e416306). He has raised nearly $3,000 so far, at time of print.

The perfect wish

When Ryan was 13, he was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a type of cancer affecting bone or soft tissue. The sarcoma was found in the left frontal temple of his brain.

As a result of this diagnosis, Ryan spent two years undergoing treatment, which included chemotherapy and radiation treatment. In 2019, he at last went into remission after fighting the illness for two years.

Soon after his treatment, Make-A-Wish organised and delivered what Ryan called the “perfect wish”: he spent a day with the Queensland Police Service at the Oxley Academy, including a turn patrolling the streets of Brisbane.

Images: Ryan Breaden.

Now, to give back – and as a gesture of solidarity towards those who need to undergo chemotherapy and lose their hair – Ryan will shave his head at the June 8 event.

Ryan’s real estate agency, Harcourts Greater Springfield Group, is proudly and vocally behind him in promoting the fundraiser, especially principal agent Rudy Grommen – the person who offered Ryan his work experience placement. 

In fact, many of Ryan’s fellow staff are among the first to donate to the fundraiser.

“I want to help all children battling critical illness to get their wish granted,” Ryan said.

“Please get behind this terrific cause – for a laugh, and a good deed! Every small bit counts.”

Help Ryan achieve his fundraising goal by joining him and his family at Ballistic Beer from 6pm, Thursday, June 8, at 37 Sinnathamby Boulevard, Springfield Central.

You can donate by visiting gofund.me/0e416306, or scan the QR code above.

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.