cancer

Second time blow for Jaiden

Jaiden was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at the age of 2, in September 2012, after his mum Jurna found a rash and a sore on his bottom. He was taken to PMH for some tests including blood and urine. After an exhausting 5 hour wait, his parents were given the devasting news about his diagnosis.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. ALL is characterised by an overproduction of immature ...

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Tess’ Story

Tess was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) on 28 March 2018 at the tender age of 11. Her official diagnoses came from Fiona Stanley Emergency Department after a quick-thinking family friend (who works at the hospital) recommended heading straight to emergency after hearing her symptoms. Tess was rushed into ICU and although Tess’ parents didn’t know it at the time, the hospital did not think she would survive the night. Meanwhile, Tess’ older sister Ella was also in hospital ...

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June’s Warrior – Bodhi

Bodhi is a super sibling – an ordinary 7 year old boy who has seen and experienced many things that no child ever should.

In September 2016, Bodhi’s little sister was flown to PMH by the Royal Flying Doctor Service for an MRI, following which she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour can’t be removed because it’s attached to her optic nerve, so she is under treatment to stop it from growing. Because she no longer has an IV ...

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April’s Warrior – Aroha

Aroha’s mum is a nurse, so when Aroha was unwell for months with multiple hospital admissions for asthma and high fevers, she knew something was wrong. They were told it was just flu season, and tried several different medications and doctors before someone finally listened – and Aroha was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

Luckily she was diagnosed early enough that her doctors were able to take some time to stabilise her before starting chemotherapy. Any longer waiting for a diagnosis ...

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November’s Warrior – Hunter

On the 6th of November 2016, Hunter was enjoying himself at the spring fair like any other 3 year old. He was recovering from an ear infection and pneumonia and was looking quite pale.

Concerned, his mother touched his chest and immediately realized something wasn’t quite right. Hunter’s heart was racing. He was rushed to PMH in an ambulance, and was later diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. In an instant the family’s world was turned upside down.

Hunter has endured 6 intense ...

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The Story of Riley

Meet Riley, a cheeky little boy with an awesome sense of humour and endless energy (his superpower!). He loves playing with trucks and trains, and to see him running around the park and digging in the sandpit, you wouldn’t know that he also has leukaemia, enduring regular bouts of chemotherapy to battle his cancer.

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August’s Warrior – Leo

Leo is turning 4 next month, and has already been through more in his short life than most people will ever experience.

At 2 ½, he became unwell and exhibited a number of different symptoms for about 6 weeks. The symptoms themselves didn’t seem overly concerning at the time, but his parents were worried that he wasn’t improving. Eventually an ultrasound showed a tumour in his abdomen. Further testing lead to a diagnosis: stage 4 neuroblastoma.

Leo and his Mum moved in ...

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The Story of Ruby


Ruby was only seven months old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Before Ruby had even turned one, she had endured six intensive rounds of chemotherapy, multiple lumbar punctures and major surgery. For Ruby’s parents, Emma and Joel, their lives were soon consumed with platelets, blood pressure, infections, hospital visits, blood counts and test results – the ...

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