The Bachelor: Tim Robards’ best friend is diagnosed with brain cancer 

The Bachelor star Tim Robards has spoken out after his best friend Tom Barrett was diagnosed with brain cancer in September.

On Thursday, the 39-year-old told Daily Mail Australia he couldn’t believe someone as fit and healthy as his friend had received the diagnosis, after side-effects from the Covid vaccine led him to discover a brain tumour weeks ago. 

‘He’d had this headache since he’d had his vaccination, and it wouldn’t go away,’ Tim said. ‘Finally, someone said, “Let’s do an MRI” – and they found a tumour in his brain.

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Devastating diagnosis: The Bachelor star Tim Robards (right) has spoken out after his best friend Tom Barrett (left) was diagnosed with brain cancer in September

‘That’s when I first found out, which was pretty scary. There’s just so much unknown at that stage.’

Tim, who is now an ambassador for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Burpees 4 Brain Cancer initiative, added: ‘I’ve been mates with Tom for over 15 years – I used to live with him a little bit, he used to let me crash on his couch.

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‘When it’s your mate who hasn’t had any health issues, and is a pretty healthy guy… to be faced with that – I mean, he has a five-year-old child. He’s just over 40.

‘You never know what is life is going to serve you. So you’ve got to bloody live it.’

Tom discussed his diagnosis in a video with Tim on Instagram, adding: ‘Ironically, Covid saved my life. 

‘When it’s your mate who hasn’t had any health issues, and is a pretty healthy guy… to be faced with that – I mean, he has a five-year-old child. He’s just over 40,’ Tim said 

‘Getting a Covid vaccine led to some severe headaches. Those headaches for me were something a bit abnormal, so I went and got them investigated and they found a brain tumour.’

He added in a separate video: ‘Everyone who has seen me always say “You look so fit and healthy and strong” – it doesn’t pick for specific individuals. This, can happen.

‘Is it tough? Yes. Is it going to change how I approach some things? More than likely. But at the same time, I am not someone who has ever given up on anything easily, and I will continue to fight this the best way that I can.

‘I have some great health professionals in my corner, and more importantly I’ve got some great family and friends that have been fantastic. I’m going to get on top of this, control this and keep doing what I can and enjoy my time.’

‘Is it tough? Yes. Is it going to change how I approach some things? More than likely. But at the same time, I am not someone who has ever given up on anything easily, and I will continue to fight this the best way that I can,’ Tom (left) said of his diagnosis

Following Tom’s diagnosis, Tim is currently working as an ambassador for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Burpees 4 Brain Cancer initiative.

The challenge involves doing 1500 burpees throughout the month of November (50 burpees a day) in order to raise money for charity.

The number 1,500 represents the number of Australians – fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and mates – that die each year from brain cancer.

He is completing the challenge alongside Tom.

‘Doing 50 burpees a day is great – we get to do this together, and are doing something positive for Tom to keep him in a great mindset,’ Tim said.

‘Also, it raises awareness for people who are going through this as a family… its good for them to see people talk about it, and to acknowledge how difficult it is.’

To find out more about Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Burpees 4 Brain Cancer initiative or to donate, visit Tom and Tim’s Facebook pages.

Raising awareness: Tim is currently working as an ambassador for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation ‘s Burpees 4 Brain Cancer initiative. Pictured alongside wife Anna Heinrich (right) 

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