My buddy Diaan Campaign
Dear family, friends and community,
My name is Bryan, and I'm a 13-year-old boy in Grade 7. I'd like to share a story that's close to my heart, a story about my lifelong friend, Diaan, and his family.
Diaan and I have been friends since we were one-year-olds, my brother from another mother, since over the years, we've been told how much we resemble each other. We've shared countless memories, laughter, and, of course, our love for rugby.
However, a few weeks ago, Diaan shared some devastating news with our group of friends. His dad has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and it has already spread to other parts of his body. This news left me deeply saddened, and I felt very helpless. I wanted to do something to help support Diaan and his family, but I wasn't sure how until I remembered about Back-a-Buddy.
I understand that it can be challenging for people to donate their hard-earned money without knowing exactly how it will be used. But my mom has always taught me that if you feel led, either by your emotions or a higher Force, to give, then the blessing is given, and it's not for you to worry about how it's handled. It's about the act of giving and the kindness that it represents.
Diaan's dad is beginning chemotherapy this week, and they don't have medical aid to cover the expenses. His mom, Tannie Chanel, is a kindergarten teacher who lovingly cares for other families' babies every day. She's a truly special person.
I can only imagine the stress that Diaan's family will endure in the upcoming weeks and months. While their situation is not unique, this family is dear to our hearts. If we can make even a small difference—a meal, a bill payment, a lunchbox, a coffee date for his parents, or simply easing the worries of a 13-year-old boy's heart—it would mean the world.
You might be wondering, "How will the funds be used?" The honest answer is, I don't know. What matters is that the funds won't be wasted or misused. All I know is that my friend is hurting and worried, and this is one way I can try to help—by asking you to pay it forward.
Cancer doesn't discriminate; it doesn't pick which family it affects. It knocks unannounced and enters the lives of the unsuspecting. Together, we can make a difference for Diaan's family during this challenging time.
If you can find it in your hearts to support us, no matter how small or large your contribution, it will be deeply appreciated. You can visit our Back-a-Buddy campaign page to make a donation.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story (with the help of my mom) and for considering helping my friends family. Your kindness will bring light to their darkest days.