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Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli breaks down on Celebrity Apprentice as he recalls losing friend to cancer

Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli breaks down on Celebrity Apprentice as he recalls losing an 18-year-old friend to cancer

On Monday’s premiere episode of Celebrity Apprentice Australia, Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli was brought to tears when discussing his charity. 

The radio host, 41, was representing the Cooper-Rice Brading Foundation, in honour of his friend, Cooper-Rice Brading, who died at the age of 18.    

Cooper died in 2017, just 18 months after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. 

Tragic: On Monday’s episode of Celebrity Apprentice Australia, Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli (pictured) wept when discussing his charity. The radio host, 41, was representing the Cooper-Rice Brading Foundation, in honour of his friend, Cooper who died at the age of 18

‘He passed away at the age of 18, within sort of 18 months when he received the news that he had osteosarcoma, which is a young person’s cancer, Wippa said during a charity auction on the show. 

‘That we’re raising money for. That is why I’m here doing this. You know, I always think, if I’m having a bad day or I need to dig deep, “Cooper had tougher days than this”.  

‘And push I through it, because some people out there fighting for their life,’ he added, breaking down in tears, his voice wobbling. 

Loss: Cooper (pictured) died in 2017, just 18 months after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer

Loss: Cooper (pictured) died in 2017, just 18 months after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer

‘And he… He was a fighter. Absolutely, he was a fighter. A very brave young man,’ Wippa added, in tears.   

For the auction, the radio star had a cast of his body made, which he sold to raise money for the foundation. 

As Team Leader, he pulled strings and managed to lead his group to a roaring victory. 

When all the bids came in at the live auction, as well as the later bids on the silent auction, Wippa had raised $184,500 for his charity.   

Moved: 'That is why I'm here doing this. You know, I always think, if I'm having a bad day or I need to dig deep, "Cooper had tougher days than this" he said

Moved: ‘That is why I’m here doing this. You know, I always think, if I’m having a bad day or I need to dig deep, “Cooper had tougher days than this” he said 

It's art! For the auction, the radio star had a cast of his body made, which he sold to raise money for the foundation

It’s art! For the auction, the radio star had a cast of his body made, which he sold to raise money for the foundation

The others were impressed, with the radio personality having pulled in big name sponsors like Coles supermarkets. 

‘Wippa has pull!’ Married At First Sight star Martha Kalifatidis whispered in the boardroom. 

Professional surfer and Instagram star Alex Hayes was fired, with his selfie failing to raise enough at auction to keep his team safe. 

Success: When all the bids came in at the live auction, as well as the later bids on the silent auction, Wippa had raised $184,500 for his charity

Success: When all the bids came in at the live auction, as well as the later bids on the silent auction, Wippa had raised $184,500 for his charity

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