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At Redkite, we understand that every cancer journey is different, and so is every family. Whether you're a young person with cancer, a parent, grandparent, sister, brother, partner or close friend, we're here to make sure you have the support and information you need, wherever you are on the cancer journey.
We appreciate the generosity of all the families who have shared their story with us below. You may be also be interested in Kite Connectors, our community of young people and families who provide first-hand knowledge in support of our work.
It started like any other day in our busy household. I had noticed in the week leading up to this day that he had been a bit clumsy and slow when climbing into the car - one day he even fell when trying to get out of the car...
At 17, Adam lost his leg to bone cancer and his dream of becoming a professional footballer appeared to be over. However his experience led him to pursue a new interest – basketball. In 2016, Adam represented Australia at the Rio Paralympics.
Living in regional Tasmania, Jodi's story of her son Trystan's treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) involves long periods away from home.
“Harry was for all intents and purposes a normal, happy kid,” says Ryan, a father of three. “Then in January 2014 he started having headaches and vomiting.”
Ten years after her son Conor’s death from liver cancer, Sally reflects on life as a bereaved parent. “You can be happy and sad at the same time.”
Bec's son Henry was diagnosed with a brain tumour at age 10. This is their story of managing treatment and what life is like today.
Alan's daughter Brooke was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) when she was a baby. This is Alan's story of their experience.
At 20 years old, Lachlan was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. This is the story of how he managed his treatment and worked towards the goals he set himself.
Jason was diagnosed with cancer when he was just 17. Here he tells his story of going through treatment and working towards his goals.
In these videos Steph tells her story from start to finish and talks about managing physical and emotional challenges.
Cancer brought both physical and emotional challenges for Josh, and he drew on the support of his family as well as Redkite and other cancer support groups.
Stephen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and went through treatment in his early twenteis. Here he tells his story and shares what he found helpful.
Colbey’s diagnosis came just a week before Christmas. Michelle talks about the challenges of treatment and the support that was there throughout the journey.
Rabia talks about her diagnosis, going through treatment, dealing with side effects, and being a young person with cancer.
Tess shares the story of her son Hugh's cancer journey and the ways in which Redkite was able to be there for them.
|Jesse’s legacy will enable Redkite to be there for more children and young people with cancer and their families.|
| ||Colby was told hospital-based treatment would take four weeks. He ended up staying in hospital for nearly two years. Redkite was able to be there with him and his family. |
|Debie and Matthew share their family's experiences during their eight-year-old son's cancer journey and the impact of Redkite's support.|
|Louis was 23 when he died from stomach cancer. His mother Jane talks about the challenges of being a young person receiving treatment in the adult hospital system. |
|The cancer journey for Karen’s 19 year-old son, Jaryd, started after three months of waiting for a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.|
|When her eight-year-old son died from cancer Nicole joined a Redkite Telegroup, a professionally facilitated telephone support group. She says the group helped her be there for her family and says "I know I'm not alone".|
|Nick will never forget the day his four-year-old daughter Emily was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. “It was 8.00pm on Monday 16 March, 2009 and the start of our family’s nightmare.” |
"Prior to all of this beginning we were actually looking at buying our first house and starting a family," says Bruce, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma as a newlywed. His wife Blaire was just 20 years of age at the time.