Nicholas Watts Camp Quality Story; From Cancer Diagnosis to Paralympian
Zoe was just three years old when her childhood became overshadowed by leukaemia. By the time she started kindergarten, her hair had already fallen out due to chemotherapy – twice.
How Camp Quality Helped
Luckily, Zoe had a secret weapon: her friendship with the Camp Quality Puppets.
Zoe met the puppets while receiving treatment in hospital, and now – thanks to the generosity of Camp Quality supporters – they were coming to her school.
In a fun and interactive show, the puppets were able to give Zoe’s classmates important cancer education as part of Camp Quality’s Primary School Cancer Education Program.
The puppets explained to Zoe’s classmates everything that she had been through with leukaemia, and how they could be a good friend.
Children were also able to ask questions about cancer in an open and friendly environment. Importantly, the puppets taught the students – you can’t catch cancer!
Thanks to their visit, Charlotte says the community “rallied around” Zoe and she was able to settle into school life and make new friends.
But, sadly, many schools around the country are missing out on this vital cancer education. Kids like Zoe are experiencing bullying and exclusion due to their cancer experience.
It’s a double blow for kids who have been through so much; cancer already forces children to suffer, and it’s cruel that some kids facing cancer also experience bullying at school.
No child should have to endure this – and, thankfully, they don’t have to. Camp Quality’s free travelling puppet show visits primary schools and pre-schools across Australia upon request.