Posts Tagged 'childhood cancer'

May Warrior Mahalia

Mahalia is 8 years old and the sister of last month’s warrior Morgan who was is diagnosed at 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Mahalia is such a caring little soul who looks after Morgan’s and feels her pain.

Childhood cancer treatment takes it’s toll on all family members including siblings who experience the effects of the treatment and the changes in family life. Morgan’s treatment means Mahalia’s mum often has to spend nights in hospital away from Mahalia. This is hard ...

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April Warrior – Morgan

Morgan is a hilarious little character with an amazing smile. She was diagnosed at 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Morgan receives regular chemotherapy at the Children’s Hospital to treat the cancer. The beginning of her treatment was horrific. The doctors were unsure of her cancer type and she had a reaction to platelets. Morgan has had many long stays in the hospital. The long stints in the hospital have ...

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January Warrior -Sienna-Violet

Sienna-Violet is such a vibrant little girl, she is adored by everyone that meets her. On the 26th of May 2020, Sienna-Violet was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukaemia (ALL) a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Sienna-Violet is currently receiving chemotherapy and in the beginning, she spent almost a whole month in hospital on intravenous medications, now she has frequent outpatient appointments for treatment, some days we are there for the entire day from 7.30am, until ...

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November Warrior- Sam

Sam is a kind and gentle three year old boy who loves sisters Nadia (who lives with her mum in Melbourne) and Mia.  In February this year he was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow and began treatment with intensive chemotherapy. 

Sam spent the first 2 weeks of his chemotherapy in hospital. He then spent 5 days at home and was able celebrated his 3rd birthday with his family, before returning ...

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October Warrior-Fleur

Fleur was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2018 when she was 12 years old and had to have major surgery to remove a large brain tumour. Unfortunately, before and during the surgery Fleur had several strokes which have left her paralysed completely on her right side.

While she was incredibly brave throughout treatment, it was hard for her to walk and move about. Over the last year(s) she received intensive physio, speech and occupational therapy and special medication to manage ...

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March’s Warriors – Aidan and Kaelan

Aidan is 13 and Kaelan is 7. Their younger brother Kai was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia on 26th March 2015, when he just was 2 years old. Kai battled the disease for nearly 2 years, including many months of isolation during which Aidan and Kaelan were not able to spend time with their brother.

Kai’s initial bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor put him into remission, but he sadly relapsed after less than a year. Following ...

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January’s Warrior – Declan

Declan is 7, and has been battling cancer for nearly 4 years. When he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma just one week before his 4th birthday, he already had secondary cancer in 20% of his bones and bone marrow. His family had to relocate from Bridgetown so he could receive treatment. The initial 14 months of treatment involved intense chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, immunotherapy and stem cell transplant, and put him into remission.

Sadly after just 6 months he relapsed with a tumour ...

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December’s Warrior – Jackson

Jackson (now 6) was a happy, healthy and bright 3 year old until his world was turned upside down. After numerous medical appointments and still no satisfactory answers, Jackson was taken to the emergency department. There his parents received the devastating news – their only son was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

Jackson was immediately transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital where he began cancer treatment that very night. His condition became critical and he was moved to the ...

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October’s Warrior of the Month – Jaxon

Jaxon is 5. At just 6 months old, he was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms’ tumour – cancer on both his kidneys. After surgery to remove half of his right kidney and 6 weeks of chemotherapy, a CT scan showed another tumour had grown and he underwent surgery again to remove the remainder of his right kidney. This was followed with 6 months of chemotherapy, after which Jaxon achieved remission.

Scan after scan the left side tumour showed no progression, but after ...

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This is Blake

Blake was a bright, beautiful boy who marvelled at rainbows and delighted in life. But on April 17th 2010, just one and a half months after his third birthday, he was diagnosed with an Atypical Anaplastic Ependymoma – brain cancer. Ependymomas account for only 2-3% of primary brain tumours in adults, yet are the third most common brain tumour in children, with more than 30% being diagnosed in children under 3 years of age. Brain cancer kills more children in ...

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