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Michael Crossland Childhood Cancer Survivor and Author
Diagnosed before his first birthday and spending over ¼ of his life in hospital, doctors told him school and sport were not options. Infection and fatigue were too great a risk, reaching his teenage years would be a miracle. His only wish was to lead a normal life and be able to do all the things that other kids took for granted every day.
But he had a dream and the undying determination to achieve the impossible… No matter the size of the obstacles that lay ahead. Now, an accomplished businessman, National Ambassador for Camp Quality, Australian of the Year finalist, Australia Day Ambassador and international hall of fame inductee, Michael inspires people from all walks of life.
It is no doubt he has a heart for giving and a skill to engage people from all walks of life. Within the last five years he has gone from being one of the youngest State Sales Development Managers for one of the largest companies in the world, to running five banks then leaving his finance career to follow his dreams in making a global impact and he certainly has done that!
Michael’s story “Field of Dreams” was documented on Australian Story, ABC TV television. Through this documentary, his message touched the hearts of a nation, with his story of how he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve success in both his personal and professional life.
Michael is now one of Australia’s most sought after inspirational speakers. A regular inspirational speaker for corporates, schools, professional sporting organisations and universities throughout the world. Michael in the last 12 months has presented in front of over 250,000 people around the world, been on many online TV success programs including Full Potential TV, The Get Inspired Project, Inspire Me Today program and countless radio shows throughout America and Australia. Along with his award winning program about his life on Australian Stories, he recently featured in a humanitarian documentary about the countless lives he has saved through his orphanage and school in Haiti. Michael captures audiences no matter what size and inspires each individual to achieve ongoing positive change in their life.
Recently returning from an enormously successful speaking tour in the USA, England and Hong Kong, Michael addressed 9/11 victims, families and survivors. He also presented to players and officials from the New York Mets baseball organisation, Toronto Blue Jays Baseball organisation, several juvenile detention centres just to list a few and followed this up with his fourth visit to the Caribbean Island of Haiti, which was ravaged by the 2010 devastating earthquake.
Michael has also recently been named in Rugby League Week magazine as the Canterbury Bulldogs Secret Motivational Weapon after presenting his powerful story to players and staff throughout the 2012 season.