Geoff Nyssen has learned to turn his own adversity into an empowerment story and wants to bring others along for the ride.
Geoff Nyssen has spent the past two years learning to live a new ‘normal’. Multiple Myeloma is a terminal blood cancer with the average age of diagnosis being 70 years of age. For Geoff, this diagnosis was three weeks after his 40 birthday, on February 18, 2014.
It’s the pressured times in our life that bring out our true character. When you meet Geoff you’ll soon realise that he is not a man walking around shackled by his circumstance. Instead, he stands tall (literally at 6.6ft, 198cm) in the crowd, seemingly humbled by his own journey and motivated to see everyone who he meets live life to the full.
“On the day that I was diagnosed, I was told that, statistically, I have 8-10 years to live. I don’t subscribe to those statistics. Statistics look backwards and I look forwards. I look forward to my 80th birthday. It will be one big party,” he said.
Geoff’s story is so inspirational he has been called on to speak around the country about his empowerment journey. Taking his commitment to purposeful living a step further, he has a big vision for the Mount Eliza and Mornington Peninsula community which, he says, has provided amazing support to him and his family during his most challenging of times.
“When I consider my community, I recognise that my community is extensive. I grew up on the Mornington Peninsula. This is my community. I have Multiple Myeloma. Those with Multiple Myeloma, and those who support us, are my community. My kids go to Kunyung Primary School and I wanted to give back to my community. Something bold, something engaging and something that would bring a smile to the faces of families within my community, especially the kids.”
On March 26, 2017, Geoff and his team will deliver the inaugural My Mount Eliza Run and Fun Festival. Of his team, Geoff offered, “As a rallied group of locals, we believe that our ability to empower others starts with our personal wellness. So, we decided to volunteer our own talent and time to create a sustainable annual festival that benefits the community for the longer term.” With an anticipated crowd of up to 1000 locals, the My Mount Eliza Run and Fun Festival will look to engage the community in a festival experience comprising a unique trail run around the Mount Eliza quarry, a premium skate park competition and many other family orientated activities and exhibitions.
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Join with Geoff and his team as they promote wellness, empowerment and community while supporting their charitable cause, Multiple Australia. Mornington Peninsula Magazine is a proud sponsor of the My Mount Eliza Run and Fun Festival.