Today, I share with you the sad news my 8 year old brother was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on September 10.
A week ago he was a normal happy healthy boy, but the cancer has been very aggressive in him so he became sick very quickly. He was flown to the Royal Children's Hospital where he began chemotherapy immediately.
Our world has been turned upside down and the last few days have been incredibly overwhelming for us. Tyson's mum and dad are in Melbourne with him now so he can receive the best treatment possible.
As this is cancer is very aggressive in him, it will need to be fought aggressively. Tyson's fight will be long and he will need to live in Melbourne while undergoing treatment, with the possibility of travel in that time. He will then need a further three years of treatment after that where we will most likely be travelling to Launceston for chemotherapy.
My mum will not be working for an extended period of time, and unfortunately I'm currently looking for work so I can't provide my family with the support they need right now. I know my mum doesn't like to ask for help, but with the cost of living being so expensive in Melbourne, as well as having to pay for her household here that my sister is living in, and me having to cover costs for my own home, this will be a financially hard time for us.
My brother has Autism and ADHD so all this change is even more terrifying and confusing for him. Right now my family needs to be focused on helping him get through this, not worried about if we can afford the cost of rent, food, bills and medications. I have started a GoFundMe page to help our family. This money will go towards helping with cost of living and also travel costs so his family can visit him during his treatment.
If you are able to donate even $5, we would be so grateful. If you aren't in a position to donate, simply spreading the word by sharing this post would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for your support during this difficult time!