Resilience wins award

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Richard McNair and Bruce Moncrieff present William Cusack with his Great Comebacks Award.
Camera IconRichard McNair and Bruce Moncrieff present William Cusack with his Great Comebacks Award. Credit: Supplied

A Bunbury man has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Convatec Great Comebacks Award, an award recognising the resilience of people living with stomas.

William Cusack was just 10 years old when we was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory condition causing inflammation and scarring in the digestive tract, one of the youngest people diagnosed in Australia.

Mr Cusack did not let the disease get the better of him and works as a fly in fly out worker on a mine in the north, earning him one of this year’s prestigious awards.

“It was for proving to myself that I can do better than sitting at home, moping around about it,” he said.

“Now I work up on a mine site with a colostomy bag.”

The awards were held last week in Sydney where Mr Cusack was presented with his prize by Convatec Australia acting vice-president Bruce Moncrieff.

“Convatec is delighted to be celebrating and sharing the achievements of our 2019 Great Comebacks,” Mr Moncrieff said.

“Each of our finalists has shown astounding determination and we are most humbled by their incredible achievements and stories of strength.”

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