Nathin Butler

Winners & Losers’ Star Prepares For Emotional Father’s Day…

He might be somewhat mysterious in his role as Luke Mackenzie on Winners & Losers but this Father’s Day Channel Seven’s Nathin Butler has bared all in the name of charity.

Since becoming a new time father on August 8, Nathin reveals the emotion attached to celebrating Father’s Day this year – as both a father and son.

“I moved home after six years in LA earlier this year for the role as Luke on Winners & Losers,” says Butler.

“Although the decision was driven by my desire to be closer to my Dad who has terminal cancer,” he reveals.

In April 2013 the 29 year olds’ father Kerry, affectionately known as KB, was diagnosed with bowel cancer, which had subsequently spread to his liver and lungs.

“It was devastating,” says Nathin.

“Because of the late diagnosis the risk involved with undertaking surgery was too high.

“There is no hope for a cure, so spending these precious moments with him is something I sadly won’t have again.”

Butler grew up in regional Queensland on a farm, where his Dad still manages 100 acres of cattle on his own.

At 23 Nathin relocated to LA to pursue his acting, where he landed roles in General Hospital, X-Men: Origins, Australia and HBO’s The Pacific.

“The last six years have been amazing,” Nathin reveals.

“My career has taken off in the US and I also met the love of my life.

“It’s been hard though since Dad’s diagnosis, being so far away.”

Nathin and his LA-based wife Irina welcomed their first child – son Jetson Kerry – on August 8 which Butler was able to be present for.

“Nothing can prepare you for Fatherhood,” he adds.

“The excitement, the love, the worry – it’s ten thousand times more intense than anything before.

“Irina and Jetson are due to come out soon, which will be an emotional time as Dad gets to meet his first grandson.”

Through a producer on the set of Winners & Losers, Nathin was put in touch with Australia’s only pancreatic, liver, biliary and foregut cancer charity – providing support to the 7400 Australians who lose their life to these insidious cancers each year.

“One of the things you realize when you research these cancers is that there is limited hope. And shockingly, they kill more Australians than breast or prostate cancer,” Nathin says.

“Statistics for these cancers have not improved in more than 40 years.

“They currently receive no Government funding.”

Butler is now working with the Pancare Foundation to help build the profile of these relatively unknown cancers and give a voice to others, just like his Dad, from the point of diagnosis through to recovery and bereavement.

“Pancare are aiming to raise more than $6 million over the next three years and facilitate world-leading research as well as expand support services, particularly for regional Australians,” Nathin states.

“One third of people diagnosed with pancreatic, liver, biliary and foregut cancers live outside the major population centers but because of the complexity of treatment and the absence of specialist services most patients need to travel to major cities for a majority of their care.

“A patient’s location should not present a barrier to them accessing life-saving treatment,” he says.

“It’s just not the Aussie way.”

Check out Nathin in New Idea Magazine (issued September 1).