Three children are diagnosed with cancer every week. Read some of their stories.
Elise's Christmas story
Dave and Rebecca know what it's like to have a child diagnosed at Christmas.
Baby Isabella's Story
The thought that a child can be born with cancer is difficult to comprehend, but Isabella was diagnosed when she was two days old.
Brightwater local Lauren, her parents and two older brothers want to help raise awareness of the work Child Cancer Foundation does in the Nelson and Tasman community, and the difference it made to them.
For families like the Hayes, activities like Christmas parties and camps allow them to meet and connect with other families on a similar journey. For their daughter Steph, they are an important chance to just be a kid and not have to explain everything.
Taking on the child cancer journey is hard enough, without being in a new city, in a foreign country, with all of your close friends and family on the other side of the world.
Bella Sharple's Story
When she was just 13 months old, Bella was diagnosed with neuroblastoma after a tumour the size of an adult’s fist was discovered in her stomach.
Tyler was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia (ALL) in November 2012, when he had just turned three. As a result of treatment and dramatic weight loss, Tyler was unable to sit unsupported, stand or walk. He did not get back on his feet until June 2
Darcie’s hair has started to grow back after her last round of chemo in July, and the family are cautiously optimistic about the positive scans that came through shortly afterwards, showing she is in remission.
"In some ways I think that this journey has made him the way he is. Outgoing, full of life, very determined but also full of love and of course – just wanting to be a typical boy.”