And it wasn’t just Kalani’s life that cancer upended. It also took a huge toll on her brother Kallen, 8, and sister Khaleesi, 4, who had time with their adored baby sister ripped away from them.
They also lost out on vital time with their mum, Charlene, who was needed at the hospital by Kalani’s side. The family, explains Charlene, became “split in two” by the cruel diagnosis.
“The moment we found out about Kalani’s diagnosis, that’s when our entire world just shattered,” Charlene tells Camp Quality. “Kalani and I were in hospital for most of her two years of treatment. Her sister and brother were effectively denied a mother in their lives. Our family was split in two – we lived separate lives.”
So, when Charlene received an invitation to attend a free Camp Quality Family Camp in the snow – she leapt at the chance. Charlene knew her family desperately needed a reprieve from the dark and frightening reality they were living.
“In my mind, that trip was our first real memory as a family,” says Charlene. “We never could have done that trip without Camp Quality. You gave us five beautiful days with our little girl, with her loving brother and sister, that we will cherish in our hearts forever.”
Kalani’s family were only able to make these precious memories thanks to the big hearts of our supporters. When you donate to children’s cancer charity Camp Quality, you help families such as Kalani’s take a much-needed needed break from the stresses of cancer on one of our Family Camps or Retreats.