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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 family 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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On treatment
27th Oct

Tammy and Riley: One Mother’s Strength

Tammy’s son Riley was diagnosed with leaukemia when he was seven years old. Shortly after the diagnosis, Tammy’s husband suddenly died.

Tammy and Riley: One Mother’s Strength

Tammy’s son Riley was diagnosed with leaukemia when he was seven years old. Shortly after the diagnosis, Tammy’s husband suddenly died.

mum and son

Bereavement
6th Oct

Tom’s Redkite Bag

Trish shares her bereavement journey and the new traditions her family has created to keep Tom’s memory alive.

Tom’s Redkite Bag

Trish shares her bereavement journey and the new traditions her family has created to keep Tom’s memory alive.

little girl in hospital bed with cancer

On treatment
5th Aug

Chelsea and Teena: Learning to accept help

Teena tells us about Chelsea’s diagnosis and how learning to accept help from her support team made all the difference.

Chelsea and Teena: Learning to accept help

Teena tells us about Chelsea’s diagnosis and how learning to accept help from her support team made all the difference.

On treatment
18th Jul

Peter, Jen and Eli Northey

After being diagnosed with childhood cancer at only 5 weeks old, Peter and Jennifer Northey share how Eli is going three years later.

Peter, Jen and Eli Northey

After being diagnosed with childhood cancer at only 5 weeks old, Peter and Jennifer Northey share how Eli is going three years later.

A baby boy and his brother asleep in a hospital bed. The big brother has a hospital band on his wrist.

On treatment
7th Feb

A cancer diagnosis and a newborn in 48 hours

Angela became an expert at juggling when her son was diagnosed with cancer 48 hours before she gave birth.

A cancer diagnosis and a newborn in 48 hours

Angela became an expert at juggling when her son was diagnosed with cancer 48 hours before she gave birth.

Bereavement
7th Jan

Making new traditions with Annabelle

Kathie and her family have found ways to include Annabelle and her memory with new Christmas traditions.

Making new traditions with Annabelle

Kathie and her family have found ways to include Annabelle and her memory with new Christmas traditions.

On treatment
16th Dec

Mikaela and Gillian: A first Christmas

19-month-old Mikaela had her first Christmas in Australia while in the middle of her treatment for liver cancer.

Mikaela and Gillian: A first Christmas

19-month-old Mikaela had her first Christmas in Australia while in the middle of her treatment for liver cancer.

Bereavement
10th Nov

Meredith’s new cancer journey

Meredith searched for answers for six months until her son was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Meredith’s new cancer journey

Meredith searched for answers for six months until her son was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

On treatment
12th Oct

Megan is determined to live life to the fullest

Cancer has taken so much from Megan over the past two years, but that’s not going to stop her making the most of every moment.

Megan is determined to live life to the fullest

Cancer has taken so much from Megan over the past two years, but that’s not going to stop her making the most of every moment.

On treatment
27th Sep

Dakoda, Michelle and Family

Every day is a different juggle for the busy Silveira family as they deal with Dakoda’s treatment.

Dakoda, Michelle and Family

Every day is a different juggle for the busy Silveira family as they deal with Dakoda’s treatment.

When treatment ends
3rd Sep

Cancer disrupted this family’s dream of a better life

When Gillian and her family moved to Australia they hoped for a ‘better life’. Cancer disrupted that.

Cancer disrupted this family’s dream of a better life

When Gillian and her family moved to Australia they hoped for a ‘better life’. Cancer disrupted that.

When treatment ends
3rd Sep

Teah is rebuilding her life after cancer

Teah is 17 and starting her life all over again because cancer has disrupted everything.

Teah is rebuilding her life after cancer

Teah is 17 and starting her life all over again because cancer has disrupted everything.

Diagnosis
4th May

Vinny, Sally & Michael

Our time enjoying life as new parents abruptly ended when Vinny was admitted to hospital at two months old.

Vinny, Sally & Michael

Our time enjoying life as new parents abruptly ended when Vinny was admitted to hospital at two months old.

21st Jan

Tara and Melissa

Hear from Tara about the two turning points in her life: when she first found out she had cancer and when it came back.

Tara and Melissa

Hear from Tara about the two turning points in her life: when she first found out she had cancer and when it came back.

Survivorship
5th Jan

Jane and Angus

Redkite helped Jane’s family during her treatment. Now her father’s art has helped others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jane and Angus

Redkite helped Jane’s family during her treatment. Now her father’s art has helped others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

22nd Dec

Leanne and Georgia

Leanne’s daughter Georgia was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was six. She met with our ambassador, Georgie Gardner, to talk about how Georgia’s cancer diagnosis has impacted their whole family.

Leanne and Georgia

Leanne’s daughter Georgia was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was six. She met with our ambassador, Georgie Gardner, to talk about how Georgia’s cancer diagnosis has impacted their whole family.

Mum leans over daughter, who has cancer, on a hospital bed.

On treatment
17th Nov

Noelle and Scout

“Nothing is normal, nothing is comforting, nothing is regular. Everything is irregular.”

Noelle and Scout

“Nothing is normal, nothing is comforting, nothing is regular. Everything is irregular.”

When treatment ends
5th Oct

Bella, Tosh and Vanie

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

Bella, Tosh and Vanie

“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

“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

“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.”

A mum hugging her daughter on a hospital bed.

On treatment
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.”

Hailey and Leah: Coping with cancer & COVID-19

“We went through a lot of emotional rollercoaster rides dealing with separation, confinement and isolation.”

Bereavement
2nd Oct

Conor and Sally

“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

“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

Josh: I didn’t realise what I was being like due to cancer

“The diagnosis was a very sad and stressful time for myself, my family, and all my close friends. I really didn’t know what to expect.”

Josh: I didn’t realise what I was being like due to cancer

“The diagnosis was a very sad and stressful time for myself, my family, and all my close friends. I really didn’t know what to expect.”

Diagnosis
2nd Oct

Hugh and Tess

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

Hugh and Tess

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

Palliative
2nd Oct

Nat, Maria and Belinda

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

Nat, Maria and Belinda

“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

“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

“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 and Darren: Becoming a family facing cancer

“We were absolutely crushed, absolutely confused and angry at life for thinking that we were now ‘cancer people’.”

Harper, Eliza and Darren: Becoming a family facing cancer

“We were absolutely crushed, absolutely confused and angry at life for thinking that we were now ‘cancer people’.”

Relapse
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.”

On treatment
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’.”

On treatment
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.”

Bereavement
11th Sep

Brooke, Karl and Olivia

“The neurosurgeon walked into the room, looked me straight in the eye and said: ‘Your daughter has a brain tumour’.”

Brooke, Karl and Olivia

“The neurosurgeon walked into the room, looked me straight in the eye and said: ‘Your daughter has a brain tumour’.”

Diagnosis
11th Sep

Henry and Bec

“I think one of the hardest parts of the diagnosis was hearing about the short and long-term effects of the chemotherapy and radiation.”

Henry and Bec

“I think one of the hardest parts of the diagnosis was hearing about the short and long-term effects of the chemotherapy and radiation.”

Diagnosis
10th Sep

Harry and Ryan

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

Harry and Ryan

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

Seeking support; what other parents say

Diagnosis
10th Sep

David, Kate and Margaret: Cancer impacts the whole family

“The further you get away from treatment, the more normal you start to feel, and that terrifies me.”

David, Kate and Margaret: Cancer impacts the whole family

“The further you get away from treatment, the more normal you start to feel, and that terrifies me.”

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