Addy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma just weeks before her third birthday.
Her first week in hospital, Addy had ultrasounds, blood tests, X-rays, CT scans, and more. Coping with this sudden change would be a challenge to anyone, but it was especially terrifying for a child as young as Addy.
Enter Kylie! Kylie is a Child Life Therapist funded by Camp Quality.
Kylie explained complex treatments to Addy using medical play, real instruments and other techniques. Every hour spent with Kylie, Addy learnt vital coping skills which helped reduce her stress and minimise her anxiety – even during challenging procedures like radiotherapy.
Although Addy may not realise it (because she’s having too much fun), the coping skills she learnt with Kylie will stay with her for the rest of her life.DONATE NOW
Children like Addy and their families never expected to face cancer.
Child Life Therapists can’t change a cancer diagnosis, but they can change the experience a child has during their treatment. Child Life Therapists like Kylie make cancer treatment as stress-free and effective as possible – because when kids are calm and ready for their treatments, medical teams can do their best work.
Kylie was a constant ray of sunshine in what was often a dark time for Addy. Kylie would be there with fun art and craft, games, cooking activities, toys and silly jokes. Kylie’s remarkable support transformed the whole family’s cancer experience in hospital and brought laughter to the family when they needed it most.
"Thank you for visiting my son’s school and putting on the puppet show last week! Such a fun way for kids to learn about cancer." – Rebecca, Camp Quality mum
"We are so grateful we can get to spend some time away with our kids, being looked after so well by the amazing volunteers. With all our heart we can't say thank you enough." – Luke, Camp Quality dad
"Thanks Mel and Dean from #campquality for visiting Maddie on day 3 of cycle 5 of chemotherapy - you sure put a smile on her dial and ours too!!" – Monique, Camp Quality mum
"A really big positive for me was that we met another family whose son had a similar diagnosis around the same time. We have already started texting and I think we will be really great support for each other." Kathy – Camp Quality mum
"I left Melbourne feeling broken and unable to go on and returned feeling like I was completely refreshed and ready to go again." Melinda – Camp Quality mum
"You're a very special charity that bring such wonderful and supportive people together in an environment so safe and fun ❤️. Love you all and love the families we met." Claire – Camp Quality mum
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