Harrison’s world was turned upside down on the 4th August 2017, when he was diagnosed with Burkitts lymphoma cancer. Burkitts is a form of non hodgkins lymphoma. The cancer starts in the immune cells, and is recognized as the fastest growing human tumour, which is rapidly fatal if left untreated.
Harry’s scans expose the cancer is mainly in the lymph nodes within his abdomen, and covering such a large area that even the oncologist was impressed. Harry had a setback from the commencement of third round with shingles, however he is a fighter and is now back on track resuming his treatment.
The Lassig family live in Bundaberg, however Harry requires treatment at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Unfortunately for Harry and the Lassig family it is expected that he will be in Brisbane for six (6) to eight (8) months, unable to return home to Bundaberg at all during this time.
Today Harrison should be with his team mates competing in the State U15 championships Grand final – Bundaberg vs Ipswich. Unfortunately, his cancer diagnosis meant he was unable to finish the round in the school’s comp and then unable to compete in the State U15 championships with his mates.
His siblings are struggling, in particular, Connor, Cooper and Charlotte have been hit hard not only by Harrison's diagnosis, but from not having the family unit together. Paired with the constant travel (days off school etc) and living between two homes in Bundaberg and Brisbane, their world has been rocked off its axis.
David, is a high school manual arts teacher and secondary schools coach. He has taken leave to be stay at home dad (on carers leave) to be there for kids and also to have the needed flexibility to be there for Harrison whenever he needs his Dad. Often this requires David to be in Brisbane in a moment’s notice.
Kylie, is an executive support officer at Bundaberg hospital. She is a devoted and loving mother, unfortunately Kylie is now suffering anxiety and depression following Harrison's diagnosis, and is now on long term leave.
The Family have been relying on support from friends when both parents have been needed by Harry’s bedside. Both Kylie and David are proud people and it has taken a lot for them to allow me to start this campaign on Harry’s behalf.
As a close family friend, I am reaching out to try and ease the financial burden Harrison’s parents Kylie and David have before them, given neither will be able to commit to their full-time jobs until Harry has fought this fight and won.
The family thank you for taking the time to read this and sincerely appreciate any donations that you can afford.
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