Two days before his 33rd birthday, Jason Sanderson was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after discovering a lump in his neck.
Following his diagnosis Jason underwent six months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments here at Central Districts. He faced many uphill battles along the way, including bouts of pneumonia and multiple overnight stays due to the toll the treatments were taking on his body. Although Jason was in the fight of his life he never lost hope, supported by his partner Shara and two daughters Amelia and Paige.
When told that he was in remission at the end of 2018, Jason wasted no time and took on the challenge of returning to football.
Chemotherapy had disabled Jason’s immune system which in turn dissipated the fitness levels that he had built up over years of being an active footb
aller. And so, he embarked on the toughest pre-season of his life with his mates at the Elizabeth Football Club.
Jason stuck it out every Tuesday and Thursday for months, and despite another bout of pneumonia, he worked tirelessly to earn a place back on the team.
On 18 May, Jason took the field for his first game of C grade football. He was accompanied by Mat Daniels (CCDH Maintenance officer) and supported by coach James Ramsell (CCDH Building & Infrastructure Manager). He kicked a spectacular goal, sparking an all-in celebration with teammates running the length of the field to share in the moment. There were roaring cheers from his family and supporters, and Jason said the feeling of triumph was something ‘that can never be replaced’.
Jason’s commitment to never give up, and his fighting spirit, are truly inspirational.