Sam was diagnosed with Stage IIIb Hodgkin's Lymphoma seven years ago at the age of 21. When most people’s lives are just getting started his was put on hold. With a lengthy diagnosis and the subsequent treatment he received, which lasted for approximately two years. Throughout and after his treatment Sam’s life played host to range of different experiences brought about directly due to his diagnosis. The most prominent being the loss of a close friend to a rare form of cancer whilst going through his own treatment. His journey was featured on Channel Nine's RPA and he has been an ambassador for Cancer Council NSW since finishing chemotherapy in February 2012. Sam has featured on numerous advertisements for the Cancer Council and was heavily involved with the Rekindle Project, which focuses on strengthening sexual health after a cancer diagnosis. Sam is currently working for the Federal Opposition of the Australian Labor Party.