Huge Congratulations to our National Runner Up - Jordan Wylie Writing Competition: Cadet Harry McNeish Colchester Detachment, D Coy - The Best Adventure I Have Been On!


25 May 2020

  • Essex ACF

I was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, this was a shock to my family and friends, but for me, I didn’t understand what was happening. From that day I was poked and prodded with needles, I was spending days and weeks on end in the hospital. I never understood the full extent of what having cancer was like and what losing friends and family was like. Life is always tough for everyone, no one will ever be able to understand why bad things happen to good people but sometimes bad things change the way we live our lives, the way we take so much for granted.
A few months after being diagnosed with cancer I met someone who would soon become my best friends at the time, it was the best knowing that there was someone there every day for me to play with, he was the best, funny, kind, caring and he would help anyone and everyone. Until one day he stopped coming to the play groups, then day after day he wasn’t there, I found out a few weeks later that he had died in his sleep, he never got the opportunity’s that I have now, he died at such a young age, his parents couldn’t see him go to school, go to college and possibly go to university. They may be small things for some but for many they are the biggest moments in life. After a year and a half of constant needles and being put to sleep, I finally found out that I had beaten cancer, this was the best moment of my parents life’s. They knew their baby boy had beaten cancer. I was one of the lucky people who have survived cancer and I’m thankful every day.
After beating cancer I was given a wish that a company would try to make true, my wish was to be a mascot for Liverpool, my favourite football team, I walked out of the tunnel with Steven Gerrard on his last premier league game. This was the best experience I’ve had.
The point to this adventure is that people take so much for granted and don’t think about the people who have little to nothing, the NHS workers that helped me beat cancer are now under serious pressure from people not listening to the government, I wasn’t able to go outside when I was young so I know what it’s like to not be able to go to school or play with friends but others don’t think about how this effects people like me.

Thank you for listening about the best adventure I have had and I hopethat this has changed the way people think and the way that even though bad things happen, people come out stronger and more resilient so thank you.

Our national Ambassador said of Cadet McNeish's story:

“It has a really positive message and one that should be shared. Best wishes, Jordan” - Jordan Wylie, ACF Ambassador.