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Kellee and Tye’ronne: We didn’t know where our next meal was coming from

“Ever since Tye could walk and talk, all her ever wanted to be, was an NRL player.’’

In March 2022, 15-year-old, Tye’rone (Tye) was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma, an extremely rare brain tumour. Single mum, Kellee shares what the family went through and how Redkite supported them.

Kellee had to leave full-time work to care for Tye full-time and living in rural Queensland, the fuel costs for the eight- hour hospital commute each way, were adding up. Redkite’s fuel vouchers and financial assistance helped Kellee in her time of need.

“I’ve had to give up my well-paying job to become his full-time carer. It was scary not knowing where our next meal was coming from or how I was going to keep a roof over our heads.”

“Redkite’s financial support has had a profound impact on my family, during the hardest battle of our lives.”

Kellee was devasted to hear that Tye’s cancer diagnosis might keep him off the footy field indefinitely. After multiple surgeries and being told he might never play footy again, Tye has developed a passion for music.  

“Tye has always loved music, but since returning from our four weeks in the hospital, it has been his saviour. He’s so gifted, he can play by ear.”

“Tye was faced with many health challenges, but it was his discipline and perseverance to succeed was what kept him going.

“I am already Tye’s biggest supporter, cheering him on. I will always do whatever I need to help him achieve his goals.”

“My son has the strongest discipline and determination I’ve ever known in someone.”

“It’s hard for Tye to accept his new reality but music has really helped. NRL will always be a goal but now, playing instruments helps him process those big emotions in a healthy way.”

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