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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month!

JOIN US in GOING GOLD to help raise awareness for Childhood Cancer!

During the month of September we are showcasing our special little heroes and angels, the reason for our foundation.

Zavier

Zavier

Cancer
Zavier
Zavier

Cancer

Zavier

Tyrone

Tyrone

Non Hodgkinson’s Lymphoma
Tyrone
Tyrone

Non Hodgkinson’s Lymphoma

Our gorgeous and brave Golden Angel Octopus Hero who I am very proud to honour is the amazing Tyrone.
Tyrone’s Mum and brothers together with his pets, Buddy, Meow, Bossy and Garfield have so generously shared his story for us.
This is his story as told by his Mum Eve.

Tyrone Kory Eldershaw age 6yrs old looked up to his 3 big brothers Zac age 14yrs, who loves gaming on YouTube and being with his friends, Dylan age 11 yrs., who adores computers & spending time with his Pop, and Brodie 9yrs, who loves SpongeBob & Minecraft.
Brodie was a little older than Tyrone, everyone thought they were twins and they never left each other’s side, Tyrone was a cheeky little 6yr old boy who loved laughing & sharing his smiles with those that he would meet, Tyrone loved his garden and took pride in caring for it and loved his family pets of 3cats Meow, Bossy & Garfield and loved his dog a staffy called Buddy.

Tyrone enjoyed playing Thomas the tank engine and batman, minions & can’t forget Mr maker. Tyrone grew ill overnight and by the next evening we had the worst news I’ve ever been told, Tyrone had non Hodgkinson’s lymphoma (Berrkits). Tyrone fought a hard long battle and became my HERO but Tyrone’s heart grew tired 6 months to the day.

17/06/2015 we were given the bad news 17/12/15 three angels came and collected my Tyrone from my arms, although I didn’t want to let go " I heard a whisper saying live for me now Mummy" I carry on each day fulfilling Tyrone’s wishes (to care & bring smiles and support to his friends that are still undergoing treatment).

To share his toys with his beloved so he can still bring them smiles as he always had done - Tyrone’s wishes will keep Tyrone’s brothers and I busy until we meet again.
I will be strong and brave as my son taught me and I will fight each day for a cure.
Rest in peace my sweetheart Mummy loves you so much and I’m so proud of you.
Love you always
Your Mum and loving brothers, Zac, Dylan and Brodie.

Thank you so much for allowing us to honour your amazing son.
We will continue to fight as well and share as much as we can to increase awareness so one day our government will listen for our kids.
All my love Keely x.

Donovan

Xavier

Rhabdomyosarcoma
Donovan
Xavier

Rhabdomyosarcoma

Our beautiful Golden Octopus Hero is the amazing Xavier.

Xavier's loving family Nerida, Donovan and Indyra have kindly shared their story with us.

Xavier was 23 months old when he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in his bladder.
After the discovery of the tumour in the Townsville Hospital we were flown to the Lady Cilento Children's hospital in Brisbane where the cancer was confirmed through extensive tests and a treatment plan was organised.

The plan meant 45 weeks of intensive chemotherapy and radiation in Brisbane.
With Donovan and his sister still in Townsville the decision was made to relocate to Brisbane to ensure the we could be together as a family.

Xavier misses his cat Wilson but unfortunately he couldn't be taken that far in a car to be with him.

Thankyou Nerida and Donovan so much for sharing your beautiful boy with us and we will keep trying to help you and keep everyone updated about your beautiful boy.

Love Keely xx.

Cayden

Cayden

Brain Cancer
Cayden
Cayden

Brain Cancer

Kael

Kael

Cancer
Kael
Kael

Cancer

Our wonderful Octopus Hero the amazing Kael.
He is battling the same cancer as me and we love him to bits!
Thanks for being a great fighter Kael
Love Keely xxx

Sophie

Sophie

Retinoblastoma
Sophie
Sophie

Retinoblastoma

We have an extra special and absolutely gorgeous Golden Octopus Hero I would love to honour, the beautiful Sophie. t
Thanks to her wonderful family and my friends Matt, Hannah and Lucas, together with Arlo and Susie they bring you her amazing story.
As told by her loving Mum.

Sophie was 6 weeks old when we found out about her Retinoblastoma in her right eye. Sophie was 7 weeks old when we flew to Brisbane so we could meet with Doctors to figure out what had to be done to save her life. Then we discovered that she had to have her tumour and her eye removed and replaced with a donor eye as well as a lens that sits in front of it.

Sophie was only 8 weeks old when surgery was done. Sophie was lucky enough not to have to go through chemotherapy but still had to have frequent visits to Brisbane every 3 months for the first two years and then 6 monthly appointments with her last appointment being in July 2016.

Sophie is a strong happy little girl and we are very lucky to have her here today.. Sophie has a big brother Lucas as well as her pet kitten Arlo and her fighter fish susie.

She is our hero

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Hannah, Lucas and Matt for sharing your absolutely amazing girl with us.
I am proud to call this family my friends and Sophie is definitely a true hero.
Thank you for everything you all do for our foundation we really appreciate it.
Together we can make people sit up and listen and together we can make a difference.
Sophie I promise I will never stop fighting for all of you because no one deserves it more than our kids.
All my love Keely xx

Maddie

Maddie

Neuroblastoma
Maddie
Maddie

Neuroblastoma

Our beautiful and amazing Golden Octopus Hero is the gorgeous Maddie.

Maddie was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma when she was only 8 months old.

Her amazing family Courtney, Rob and big sister Charli have shared their beautiful girl with us , thank you.

Maddie was diagnosed in January 2014, she was treated at Princess Margaret hospital in Perth where she had 4 rounds of chemo and then major surgery which lasted for 8 hours, they removed 75% of the tumour from her right adrenal gland.
She then went through another 4 rounds of chemo. Maddie has been no evidence of disease for 12 months and is a happy and gorgeous girl.

Beautiful children like Maddie who are so tiny, should not be spending all this time in hospitals for chemo and surgeries, they should not be crying in pain instead of laughing and growing.
They shouldn't have to worry about cancer returning or the complications of treatment.
We need to join together all across Australia and the world and fight for more funding to find a cure for this terrible disease.
Maddie, I will never stop fighting and one day beautiful children like you will not have to suffer any more.

Love always Keely xx

Aria

Aria

Neurocytoma
Aria
Aria

Neurocytoma

Our gorgeous Golden Octopus Hero is the lovely Aria.
Her family have so kindly shared her story with us to help raise awareness but also to see if there may be other cases similar out there that they could contact.
This is her story as lovingly told by her Mum Debbie, Dad Adam, sister Imogen, brothers Ryan, EJ, and Ethan and her dog Jewel.

Aria was diagnosed with a 6cm rare central neurocytoma in her left ventricle (brain), surgeons operated the next day and after an 8hr surgery she recovered well.
We then got news from the biopsy it was as expected but it was an aggressive form and was multiplying 10x faster than average, and no one seems to know what that means for her.
This type of tumor is normally only seen in 20-30yr olds and is only usually treated with surgery or radiotherapy (which radiotherapy isn't an option in this case), therefore after emails to worldwide leading oncologists it is a mixed opinion on treatment and whether to proceed with high grade chemo or wait to see how aggressive it is going to be.

We are seeking other cases worldwide that may not have been documented to see what treatment was offered and outcomes to give us more insight as there are only 2 that we know of currently.

Since surgery, she has had a shunt inserted due to hydrocephalus and the oncologist decided on the wait and see approach. Her 3 mth scan came back with no new growth except they now think there may have been a small amount missed. I have also been in contact with Oregon University Hospital who have just recently decided to take her on as a patient and test her tumour on the molecular level which hopefully will give us some insight into treatment options etc.

Thank you so much for allowing us to share your story of your brave and beautiful daughter.
With increased awareness and people sharing your story hopefully we can find some similar cases to help.
We will always fight for children like Aria to help find a cure.
Love always Keely xxx.

Matty

Matty

Rhabdomyosarcoma
Matty
Matty

Rhabdomyosarcoma

Our wonderful Golden Octopus, the amazing and good looking Matty.
Matty is back at school following his treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma of his hand.
Loving life and being back with all his mates again.
Still having his checkups but so far doing great.
Well done Matty
Love ya heaps Keely xx

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Overall there are eight groups of childhood cancer so our logo and the octopus represent the eight arms of childhood cancer.

The Golden Octopus Foundation’s objectives are to improve oncology facilities in all regional areas, including the implementation of childhood cancer nurses, this will alleviate long stays away from families and friends. Wherever possible the foundation will also offer support to families and a long term objective will be to assist families to access trials which may not have been possible previously. We will work closely with other childhood cancer research charities to enable this to happen.

The Golden Octopus Foundation Committee is formed by a group of educated and experienced women who are mothers, relatives or friends of children affected by cancer.
Initially the Golden Octopus Foundation will encompass all areas of Queensland, but as it grows so will its coverage of other states of Australia.

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