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Real stories

People who have been there and know what it’s like

The greatest words of wisdom and the best tips on facing childhood cancer come from people just like you… Some of these stories will ring true for you, and others might not, because every family has their own way of telling their story.

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When treatment ends
5th Oct

Bella, Tosh and Vanie: ‘Never give up’

“In March 2014, our family was thrown onto the oncology rollercoaster when 4-year-old Bella, was diagnosed with cancer. “

Bella, Tosh and Vanie: ‘Never give up’

“In March 2014, our family was thrown onto the oncology rollercoaster when 4-year-old Bella, was diagnosed with cancer. “

Diagnosis
5th Oct

Nathan and Michael: Cancer and never giving up on your dream

“Be your child’s voice. Don’t be afraid to ask and don’t be afraid to stand up for them no matter how uncomfortable that may be for you.”

Nathan and Michael: Cancer and never giving up on your dream

“Be your child’s voice. Don’t be afraid to ask and don’t be afraid to stand up for them no matter how uncomfortable that may be for you.”

Diagnosis
4th Oct

Hailey and Leah: Coping with cancer & COVID-19

“We went through a lot of emotional rollercoaster rides dealing with separation, confinement and isolation. What is already one hell of a stressful situation, was exacerbated by COVID-19 restrictions.”

Hailey and Leah: Coping with cancer & COVID-19

“We went through a lot of emotional rollercoaster rides dealing with separation, confinement and isolation. What is already one hell of a stressful situation, was exacerbated by COVID-19 restrictions.”

Diagnosis
2nd Oct

Conor and Sally: ‘When it comes to grief, there is no normal.’

“I want my little boy back. I want to change what happened, but I do have to thank him for the lessons he taught me.”

Conor and Sally: ‘When it comes to grief, there is no normal.’

“I want my little boy back. I want to change what happened, but I do have to thank him for the lessons he taught me.”

Diagnosis
2nd Oct

Hugh and Tess: Cancer changed everything

“I felt isolated, overwhelmed, and felt as if I was drowning. That’s when I reached out to Redkite.”

Hugh and Tess: Cancer changed everything

“I felt isolated, overwhelmed, and felt as if I was drowning. That’s when I reached out to Redkite.”

Diagnosis
2nd Oct

Nat, Maria and Belinda: Paying it forward to others

“Cancer changes everything. It’s not until you live this journey that you can really understand this statement. “

Nat, Maria and Belinda: Paying it forward to others

“Cancer changes everything. It’s not until you live this journey that you can really understand this statement. “

When treatment ends
30th Sep

Trystan and Jodi: ‘I won’t let cancer take my son’

“Cancer is what took Trystan’s father away. I thought I was going to lose my son. I just thought: ‘He’s going to die.’ There were times when he came quite close to it.”

Trystan and Jodi: ‘I won’t let cancer take my son’

“Cancer is what took Trystan’s father away. I thought I was going to lose my son. I just thought: ‘He’s going to die.’ There were times when he came quite close to it.”

Diagnosis
30th Sep

Harper, Eliza & Darren: Becoming a family facing cancer

“We were absolutely crushed, absolutely confused and angry at life for thinking that we were now ‘cancer people’. I couldn’t think of facing it, and I didn’t want this journey.”

Harper, Eliza & Darren: Becoming a family facing cancer

“We were absolutely crushed, absolutely confused and angry at life for thinking that we were now ‘cancer people’. I couldn’t think of facing it, and I didn’t want this journey.”

Diagnosis
30th Sep

Tara: ‘I won’t let this stop me’

“My diagnosis hasn’t just affected me – it’s also had an extreme impact on my family.”

Tara: ‘I won’t let this stop me’

“My diagnosis hasn’t just affected me – it’s also had an extreme impact on my family.”

Diagnosis
28th Sep

Bella and Ritchie: Caring for a child with cancer and Down Syndrome

“When she got the diagnosis I was thinking: ‘How the hell could this be happening? She has got enough on her plate’.”

Bella and Ritchie: Caring for a child with cancer and Down Syndrome

“When she got the diagnosis I was thinking: ‘How the hell could this be happening? She has got enough on her plate’.”

Diagnosis
28th Sep

Izzy and Nic: The beads are her cancer story in colour

“Mother’s Day 2018 will be a day that I will never forget. My 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with AML – Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.”

Izzy and Nic: The beads are her cancer story in colour

“Mother’s Day 2018 will be a day that I will never forget. My 12-year-old daughter was diagnosed with AML – Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.”

Diagnosis
11th Sep

Henry and Bec: Coping with childhood brain cancer

“I think one of the hardest parts of the diagnosis was hearing about the short and long-term effects of the chemotherapy and radiation. Radiation specialists told us that the radiation would hopefully stop the spread of cancer, but would also do damage in the long term to his brain.”

Henry and Bec: Coping with childhood brain cancer

“I think one of the hardest parts of the diagnosis was hearing about the short and long-term effects of the chemotherapy and radiation. Radiation specialists told us that the radiation would hopefully stop the spread of cancer, but would also do damage in the long term to his brain.”

Diagnosis
10th Sep

Harry and Ryan: The simple things can be the most helpful

“The most simple gestures often, I’ve found, no matter who it’s from, were the most helpful for us.”

Harry and Ryan: The simple things can be the most helpful

“The most simple gestures often, I’ve found, no matter who it’s from, were the most helpful for us.”

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