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27th Feb 2017

Teenage cancer survivor advertises for friends after his childhood was stolen by illness

Alan Loughnane

A teenage cancer survivor has issued a heartbreaking plea for friends online after he spent most his childhood battling illness.

19-year-old Jordan Kosovich developed leukemia when he was just seven, and as a result, he spent most of his childhood in and out of hospital battling the disease.

Hailing from Perth, Australia he missed over two years of school while he fought to beat cancer once and for all.

While thankfully, he has since been given the all clear, his social life was basically non-existent during his treatment and hence at 19, he has been left with very little friends.

He took to Gumtree to advertise for friends.

“I couldn’t be more proud that I survived it, but in all honesty the day I found out I had cancer my childhood stopped in its tracks and it never recovered.

“Which meant I missed out on a great deal of social time, which made it really challenging for me during primary school because I missed 2 years as I was too sick to go.

“Things didn’t get any better for me throughout high school it was a really horrible experience for me no one ever gave me a chance no matter what.”

Jordan told MailOnline Australia: “It was hell the whole five years, no one could pay me enough money to get me to go back into those situations, just horrible altogether.

“I went to a different school from Year 11 but it started again once people found out I had no friends. No one ever gave me a chance.”

As to why he made the ad, Jordan said: “I wanted to feel like a normal 19-year-old for once and just do everything I should be doing at my age. I thought posting an ad was a crazy thing to do, but I was really struggling and just thought to try something different, and it’s worked.”

He has received hundreds of messages on Facebook from kind-hearted people who want to take him up on his offer to be friends. The post has also been shared widely on social media.

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