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Tyler's Story

Tyler's Story

As Tyler was jumping on his bed, Sara noticed a lump the size of a 20 cent coin on his back. While her husband Craig and eldest son Caleb stayed in Cairns, Sara and Tyler flew to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane for tests.

After endless scans and tests, Tyler was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma on his second birthday.

Tyler's treatment started the very next day. Sara and Tyler flew to Brisbane where Tyler started aggressive chemotherapy. This was followed by a six-week course of radiotherapy to shrink the tumour.

After the initial intense phase of treatment, Tyler received ongoing maintenance chemotherapy to ensure the tumour did not grow back. He was in treatment for a total of 11 months.

Tyler can now ride a bike, swim and cast his fishing rod - but his bait is never in the water long enough to catch a fish as he keeps winding it in so he can cast again! He collects the eggs laid by his pet chooks himself every day.
On 14 February 2018, Tyler reached 7 years since his last day of treatment.