Angels & Heroes

Meet the beautiful faces of Childhood Cancer.
Every one of these little heroes has been through more in their young lives than anyone ever should.

Not all superheroes wear capes

Kybie

Kybie

Brain Cancer
Kybie
Kybie

Brain Cancer

Our amazing and cute Golden Octopus Hero is the wonderful Kybie.
Kybie was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and has come a long way following many treatments and surgeries.
Like myself Kybie loves Lee Kernaghan, our wonderful ambassador and got the chance to meet him recently.
Keep singing Kybie.
Lots of love Keely xx.

Truman

Truman

Hodgkins Lymphoma
Truman
Truman

Hodgkins Lymphoma

I am so pleased to honour a wonderful hero, Truman.
Truman's Mum Michelle and Dad Wayne bring us his story below which we thank them so much for.

Truman was rushed to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital on Good Friday 2015.

He was later diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma stage 3B. He was 15yrs old.

He had a small lump pop up next to his collarbone. He had not been 100% but like running at 90%. He was 15 and about 6ft 2 with lots of growing. We Took him to the doctor and after a week of blood tests and no answers except major inflammation, but no idea where, and because it was Thursday before easter break they decided to do a CT scan.

7am Good Friday we got a call from doctor to go straight to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital Emergency they are expecting him. The CT showed all of his lymph glands enlarged. When we finally got to see a doctor at LCCH he said he would have got Truman flown down on his results earlier but our Doctor told him he was still doing everything he normally would. The LCCH doctor also said when he saw how tall he was that he shouldn't be able to stand up with the amount of red blood cells he had. After the biopsy we were able to go home on Sunday and wait for a diagnosis. It took about a week and the longest week ever.

We were putting cattle through the yards when the call came through. I'll never forget because i was on headbale and I'd left it open to answer the phone and all I could hear was me getting in trouble for letting some cows through, and the Oncologist asking "is this a good time"?? However when is a good time to find out your child has cancer?
So we went back for more testing to find out what stage he was at and then a treatment protocol.

He had 6 months of chemotherapy and 1 month of radiotherapy. He finished his treatment in time to have Christmas at home.

Truman's time in Brisbane was difficult as he is a country boy and he loves fixing machinery. Every chance we got to come home he was straight down to the shed working on a little dozer he had started to rebuild before being diagnosed.

Thank you so much Michelle, Wayne, Kasey and Codie for sharing your amazing man with us, it is such an honour.
Truman you are just amazing, you have fought an enormous battle.
We will continue to fight for all of you so no one has to go through this anymore.
By sharing, your story helps raise awareness and by doing that we will hopefully one day get the government to increase the funding for research which is only 4%.
Keep fixing those dozers that is awesome.
Love Keely xx

Eli

Eli

Wilms Tumour
Eli
Eli

Wilms Tumour

Our very cute Golden Octopus Hero is the amazing Eli.

This is his story as told by his loving family, Simon, Kim, Sabastian and Indi with the help of his cat Mookie xx.

Our gorgeous little boy, Eli was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour a few months after his second birthday.
We were sent to Brisbane and didn't come home for nearly 3 months. Eli had 6 months of chemotherapy, 7 days of radiation treatment and surgery to remove the tumour.
He also had many other hospital procedures and stays along the way.
Throughout this journey there was not a day that Eli didn't just get on with it.
Always smiling and playing with his cars!! He even had an extra special present with the arrival of his baby sister.

We learnt fast and had an amazing team of doctors, nurses and social workers to support as along this journey.
Eli now has 3 monthly scans for check ups. To look at Eli you would have no idea what this bright eyed monkey has been though in his short life.
We really feel lucky and my heart goes out to all the children still fighting their battle!

Thank you so much.
Beautiful kids like Eli don't deserve this pain and suffering and their families don't deserve the heartbreak.
We need to fight together to change the way the world sees childhood cancer and get the recognition it needs.

With many hands we shall be strong, with many hearts we shall be one and together we will find a cure, together this race will be won.

Love always Keely xx

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

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