All was going well with Brett working full time and Lyndsey looking to return to work after having the 3 boys in just on 3 years. The family were kicking goals and enjoying life as they deserved. But that was all about to change.
At the end of January, Tanner woke up with what was thought to be tonsilitis, with a bit of a temp and a swollen face. Mum took him to the docs where they confirmed he had swollen tonsils but no infection. 5 days later his temps stopped and the little champ was back to normal. A few days later his temps returned and he had developed a cough, fairly normal for young kids especially ones that go to day care as Tanner does. Mum & Dad took him back to the docs where they did a chest x-ray and took some bloods. That night at 8pm the doctor called and said he had recieved the results of Tanners bloods and to proceed to the hospital immediately (I know sends a shiver up my spine every time I read that). Once they arrived at ED they were placed in a private room and given the news no parent should ever recieve; the results indicated Tanner has Leukemia.
Mum, Dad and 3 year old (4 in April) Tanner were on the next flight to Lady Cilento's Childrens Hospital in Brisbane but not before Tanner needed to be stabilised then and there with 2 blood transfusions.
Since arriving in Brisbane they have discovered that the Leukemia has spread to Tanners spinal fluid which means a different approach to his chemo and treatment as he is now technically considered high risk, but not all bad news as the strand of leukemia (Pre B Cell ALL) is the most common and has a good success rate.
Both Zander and Carter are in Brisbane now with their big brother where the family will be for at least the next 6 months with treatment possible for some years. The family are now staying near the hospital thanks to the Leukemia Foundation with daily hospital visits for treatment etc.
I am wanting to raise money to assist Brett and Lyndsey with their familys journey to ease some of the financial stress and burden, as not working, added with the usual bills (rates, rego's, fuel, utilities etc) on top of being in Brisbane without family support is huge and not fair on anyone.
I am hoping we can get behind this beautiful, genuine, loving and hard working family and show them the love and support they need.
Tanners Mission to Remission can be followed on facebook as well to keep updated and send the little champ and family messeges of love and support. Tanners Mission to Remission
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