Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib has fought and won against his toughest opponent, with treatment at Westmead Hospital saving the life of two-time world boxing champion.
The distinguished boxer, who recently released his autobiography titled “A True Heart: The Fights of My Life,” has pledged to donate the proceeds from his book to the hospital that played a crucial role in his recovery from a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Billy Dib’s fight against cancer began in October 2022 when he received the devastating diagnosis.
Undeterred by the news, Dib approached his battle with unwavering determination, saying: “Even though I have won world titles and I am an accomplished athlete, I never once said, ‘why me?’ I always said, ‘why not me’ as I am no better than anyone else, and we are all children of God.”
Dib’s journey led him to Westmead Hospital, where he underwent surgery and received chemotherapy treatment.
The majority of his seven-week hospital stay was spent at Westmead Hospital’s Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation ward, C5a.
Reflecting on his experience, Dib expressed his appreciation for the staff who cared for him.
“Words can’t express my gratitude and thanks to C5a for saving my life,” he said.
Associate Professor Jenny Curnow, the Director of Clinical Haematology at Westmead Hospital, commended Dib’s resilience and determination.
“Billy is a true fighter, having found the strength while still recovering from cancer to support C5a’s doctors and nurses,” Professor Curnow said.
“Thank you, Billy. C5a is humbled by your support and generosity.”
In his autobiography, Dib shares an honest and unfiltered account of his life, delving into the triumphs and victories as well as the depths of despair and heartbreak.
Dib’s decision to donate the proceeds from his book to Westmead Hospital serves as a testament to his appreciation for the medical professionals who played a crucial role in his recovery.
The funds will undoubtedly support the hospital’s ongoing efforts to provide exceptional care to patients fighting against various diseases and conditions.
The news of Billy Dib’s triumphant recovery and his generous donation has resonated with the public, inspiring many to rally behind Westmead Hospital and its dedicated healthcare professionals.
The story serves as a reminder of the incredible impact that medical institutions and the unwavering support of communities can have in helping individuals overcome the most challenging of circumstances.
To support Billy in his fight against blood cancer, you can visit the Westmead Hospital Foundation here.