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Ben Cryan is living proof that life can change in a second, of how a perfect life can be turned upside down.
Ben Cryan achieved the unachievable. After falling from his surfboard onto a coral reef, he overcame all adversity to survive over 30 operations. His incredible story will inspire and motivate all who have the opportunity to hear it.
Growing-up in North Queensland, Ben graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours in Civil Engineering. During his 20s, he did what all young people dream of doing: travelling the world working and surfing
In January 2011, Ben’s life was on the rise. He landed a major engineering contract under his own business, bought his first home near the beach in Port Melbourne and found a great girl. Life in his eyes didn’t get much better.
In the weeks ahead, Ben’s outlook on life changed dramatically. Prior to starting his new role, Ben booked a life-long dream holiday surfing a popular break in Micronesia. On the last wave of the day a devastating surfing accident left him fighting for his life in a small-island hospital.
Over two years, he suffered severe coral blood poisoning, failing organs, emergency evacuations, 32 operations, 2 strokes and a kidney transplant with his mother. After all of that, he faced one of his biggest challenges…learning to settle back into a normal life.
Ben’s story will leave you with a new appreciation on life and will allow you to re-set your life compass. His positive attitude, personality and contagious smile will leave everyone wanting more. There is something in this story for everyone!
Jaclyn Woodward, Associate Director, Elite Cairns Rentals
Iain Twine, CEO, Edelman South East Asia and Australasia
Chris Nardi, Global Advertising Director, Financial Times