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June’s Warrior of the Month – Saxon

Saxon is 11 and battling relapsed cancer – Wilms tumour, a cancer of the kidneys. He was first diagnosed in January 2013, and had 5 surgeries and 10 months of chemotherapy. He went into remission in September 2014, but in April 2015 a routine scan showed a new tumour had developed, requiring a return to treatment.

The treatment is intensive, invasive and prolonged. Saxon is in hospital for 1 week in every 3 for chemotherapy and for the other 2 weeks endures the horrible side effects of the treatment.

Saxon still has to undergo a further 14 rounds of chemotherapy, with treatment scheduled to finish in June 2016.

He is a brave and courageous kid who still loves to smile, and makes others smile. He makes the most of every moment he feels well. He belongs to the local basketball team and plays when he can. He has worked through the emotional aspects of relapsing in a way that demonstrates maturity beyond his years. He is kind, caring and demonstrates empathy and has witnessed trauma and tragedy through his time in hospital which has added a depth of strength to his character that few other children of his age possess. He attends school bald with pride even though there are times that the other kids are less than kind. He is our hero.

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