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Luke Ryan didn’t always have the easiest time at school. Skipped through the second grade, he spent the rest of primary school on the outer, both the nerd and the young kid. Coming into high school he was all ready for a new start, but disaster struck at the end of the first term when he was diagnosed with cancer of the knee.
A year later he returned – thin, bald and wheelchair-bound. The last thing he needed was to be bullied as well, but early high school can be an unforgiving time for those deemed to be different…
With humour, warmth and empathy, Luke takes students through what it means to be bullied, in the words of someone who’s come through it all and has the scars to prove it. More than simply another anti-bullying speech, Luke offers a relatable and casual message to all students – bullies, the bullied and those watching on – a message about the often confusing nature of being a teenager, and the wonders that can be achieved when cruelty is swapped for kindness.
After getting the highest TER in his year, Luke thought he knew exactly what his life was going to look like: study Law and Arts for five years at the University of Western Australia, get into a good firm and spend the rest of his life performing in front of judges and juries while earning […]
A year of chemotherapy and radiotherapy wasn’t quite how Luke saw his year panning out when he turned 22. Especially not having already had cancer once at the age of 11. First at 11, second at 22. At 33, Luke plans on exploding at a party of friends and loved ones. Just to really drive […]