It was just before Christmas 2015 that Ollie (8) was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). He was immediately admitted to hospital, receiving blood transfusions and antibiotics to prepare for chemotherapy. He was allowed home for two days before starting treatment on Boxing Day.
Ollie’s mum Felicity felt her family’s life was fractured:
"There was an immediate sense of separation within the family … a feeling of real isolation. The world that I knew and was very safe in, suddenly just didn’t exist.
"Very quickly Ollie started going downhill, from being this funny, quirky kid with a wicked sense of humour, to being depressed and withdrawn… I struggled to make him smile."
For a kid facing cancer, hospital can be scary and lonely. Child Life Therapists help relieve a child’s anxiety and trauma and hospital bedside visits by our puppets bring laughter and distraction when they need it most.
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Fifteen days into Ollie’s treatment his parents received the news he’d need to be treated more aggressively, for a longer period, and with more toxic chemicals, and that he might need a bone marrow treatment.
Almost a year later, the day before his ninth birthday, Ollie received the lifesaving gift of his brother’s bone marrow. Gabe’s selfless decision to donate his bone marrow was an example of the way kids love and give with all their hearts. Something we call ‘Kid-ness’.
Ollie had missed almost a year of school, he was isolated and missed his brothers.
In August and October, Camp Quality camps helped relieve the stress of cancer, allowing the family to reconnect.
"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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