Aaron and his mum Hannah, dad Craig and brothers Seth (16), Isaac (12) and Eli (2) are from Toora, a small country town in South Gippsland, Victoria. Aaron's family are very close and it is extremely important that they are able to be together and close by the hospital for Aaron. This has meant that Craig has had to take leave without pay from his job and the family are staying in short-term accommodation in the city. While they focus on Aaron's needs and juggle the demands of medical appointments and learning to administer feeds (Aaron has a peg in his tummy), antibiotics, nausea and pain relief medications as well as the strict infection control regime, Craig and Hannah still have to somehow pay the bills, their mortgage, petrol, parking, meals and normal daily expenses.
Craig and Hannah are proud people and it is extremely difficult for them to ask for help. Their friends at home all know that Craig and Hannah are among the first to offer help to others when it is needed and now it is their time of need. The small community of Toora have been fantastic in supporting the family, including arranging meals for the family when they have been at home and mowing their lawns. Now that they are in Melbourne and Craig is on leave without pay from his job, we need to ask the wider community to dig deep and help this family out because Aaron needs his family close by.
Please LIKE and SHARE the Craig’s Ks for Cancer faecbook page and set your notifications to follow Craig’s journey. Craig is due to complete the 2,500km walk in mid-Dec in Toora. If you have friends along the route he is taking please let them know (you can find the itineraries for the different sections of his walk on the facebook page: you might need to scroll down to find the section you are interested in).
"We are so very excited to be able to let everyone know that the extensive tests Aaron has been having this past week reveal no trace of the disease, that's right, our son and brother is cancer free. Aaron is cancer free!We cannot begin to tell you how we feel right now, ecstatic, emotional, exhausted, relieved, anxious, filled with love for everyone who has helped Aaron and us this past 12 months and looking forward to going home but also sad to leave behind the wonderful friends we have made during our time at Ronnie Mac and at RCH.
Aaron's treating Oncologist and head of the research team is of course very very happy and also quite pleasantly surprised with how well Aaron is doing, especially considering how extremely unwell he has been this past 12 months and especially during treatment.
We can finally say the treatment has finished and we can look ahead to going home. We know we have a long road ahead of ongoing tests, recovery, constant monitoring, managing the effects of the cancer and the treatment, being hypervigilant about health and hygiene given Aaron's compromised immune system, etc. We know it will take us a while to settle in at home but to be going home to the community who have supported us so well is an amazing feeling. We want to thank everyone who has helped Aaron and us along the way, the incredible staff at RCH and the dedicated staff and volunteers at Ronnie Mac, our dear friend and great support Fatma, and to all the wonderful families we have met during our time here it is with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to you all, you have become part of our family and it is with very heavy hearts that we know some of you have not been as fortunate as we have and our hearts go out to you.
Thankyou. We love you all. Aaron, our son and brother is cancer free ❤️"
Photo: Aaron flanked by the Coordinator (left) of the research study that he has been participating in and the treating Oncologist (right) and head of the research team.