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Childhood Cancer Ambassador and Port Adelaide Football Club player Travis Boak has been awarded the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award at the 2021 Brownlow Medal for his 11+ years of work supporting children with cancer, and their families.
Motivated by his own experience of losing his father to the cancer as a teenager, Travis has been involved with the Childhood Cancer Association for more than 11 years, meeting hundreds of children during 140 hospital visits in that time.
Before COVID, Travis would attend fortnightly visits to the Michael Rice Centre for Haematology and Oncology at the Women's and Children's Hospital to spend time with the children and provide a welcome distraction from the challenges they face.
In addition to his hands-on visits, Travis has been involved in fundraising activities and hosted three “Captain for a Day” experiences where children with cancer got to experience the inner sanctum and build up to a Port Adelaide game.
Through Travis' leadership, he has also initiated a charity partnership between the Childhood Cancer Association and the Port Adelaide Football Club which provides an opportunity to raise the profile of the organisation and allow for sustainable fundraising efforts to help provide services to children with cancer, and their families.
We congratulate Travis Boak on his award. A worthy winner, an outstanding ambassador, a great friend to kids with cancer. Thank you for everything that you do.
The Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award is presented annually to an AFL or AFLW player who has best demonstrated the values of the late former Melbourne Football Club President and player Jim Stynes, in their commitment to the community, helping others and making a difference and the way they played and represented the game on field.