A future without brain cancer. Our children deserve nothing less.

The children inspiring the Centre for Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer Research

The incredible families and children affected by brain cancer share their stories of heartbreak, anguish, love and determination.

Above all else, is a united sense of hope that the newly established Centre for Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer Research
can improve outcomes for any child battling against the odds.

About Slater

Slater was diagnosed with a brain cancer known as ependymoma when he was just 17 months old. The cancer grows in the passageways where the fluid protecting his brain flows, making it difficult to treat without affecting his brain function. At four years old, Slater is already a veteran of major surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Slater

About Mitchell

Mitchell’s brain tumour was discovered in 2015.  He began getting headaches and vomiting, followed by holding his neck strangely and impaired vision.  At 12 yrs old he had surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible. Mitchell spent much of his hospital stay in a wheelchair as he was unable to walk or stand for extended periods.

Mitchell

About Max

Max was diagnosed with multiple brain tumours in his ventricle system in August 2014 – when he was just 10 years old. He underwent several major surgeries, the installation of a shunt, and a dual craniotomy. He also endured several rounds of chemotherapy and as a result of surgeries, lost 50 per cent of his vision.

Max

About Madeline

Madeline had been experiencing headaches and blurred vision. It was an optometrist who uttered the words: “I think I’ve found something”.  At that point, Madeline and her family had no idea what that was. An MRI confirmed Madeline had hypothalmic pilocytic astocytoma, which would require a year of chemotherapy and ongoing treatment.

Madeline

About Isaac

At four months old, Isaac’s parents noticed he had shakey eyes. At his four-month check-up, doctors raised their concern about his eyes and the rapid growth of his head. After being sent to Queensland Children’s Hospital, Isaac underwent many tests and scans to diagnose hydrochephalus, which was being caused by a large tumour in the centre of his brain.

Isaac

About Cooper

Cooper was 8 when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. The tumour was positioned deep in the centre of his brain and it had impacted on his Pituitary Gland. Because of the size of the tumour, none of his spinal fluid that travels around the brain and up and down the spine could drain away, causing pressure on his brain and his massive headaches.

Cooper

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