Aaron Kelly will be taking part in men wearing pink for cancer.
Photo Allan Reinikka
Aaron Kelly will be taking part in men wearing pink for cancer. Photo Allan Reinikka Allan Reinikka

Rockhampton cancer survivor to help promote Pink Ribbon Day

AARON Kelly knows first hand what it's like to battle cancer.

The husband and father-of-three found a lump on his side but brushed it off as a swollen sweat gland.

"I was a typical male and kept putting it off," Aaron said.

But last November a doctor diagnosed him with a metastatic malignant melanoma.

"I've since had a mastectomy, and went through a block of radiation," Mr Kelly said.

Nearly a year on and he is back on his feet after beating cancer.

"My type of cancer can be high risk of returning, but we try not to be paranoid about it and enjoy life," he said.

"We don't want cancer to rule our lives."

Mr Kelly is trying to help out where he can when it comes to the Cancer Council, and will volunteer at tomorrow's to help sell merchandise ahead of Pink Ribbon Day on Monday.

"The Cancer Council have done so much for us, like putting us up in accommodation when I had my surgery," he said.

"Helping volunteer is just a small way that I can give back."

He will sell pink ribbons at Stocklands Rockhampton to help the Cancer Council reach its goal of raising $1.2 million.