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SUPERTEE. THE SA STORY
Being diagnosed with a medical condition and a schedule of invasive treatment is scary for anyone, let alone a child.
This is Cameron's Story
My name is Rebecca and I’m a proud single mother of 3 beautiful children.
One day in September 2015 Cameron woke up with partial facial swelling and feeling lethargic. I took him to the doctor and we tried antibiotics for the week with the doctor thinking it was just a infection. After that week it had not improved and seemed to be getting worse so I took him back and they suggested getting further test’s so we attend flinders hospital. They did testing and noticed his white cell count was unusually high and said it would require more specialist care so we were transferred to the Women’s & Children’s Hospital and on September 11th when Cameron was 9 years old we were told he had high risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia & Neurofibromatosis 1.
We were told we could have 2 days of family time before we would start Chemotherapy. Cameron had already deteriorated quickly to the point he was unable to walk and required me to carry him everywhere including the toilet. I made sure Cameron was kept happy and positive despite being so very sick. I would keep my heartbreaking moments for crying in the shower so the kids couldn’t hear me.
We returned to the hospital and the fighting began with Cameron having surgery and his port put in ready to administer the Chemo drugs. For a year our daily home was the hospital we were either in for Chemo, Long stays, Because of fevers or other complications. He at one stage suffered an allergic reaction to Pegaspargase and ended up with extremely painful Pancreatitis and also  a full body rash reaction to Tazocin. As with many journeys there was hurdles but we were determined to overcome them and still stay happy & positive as I believe it’s a key part of health. After the year of Chemo treatment we were given the all clear and enjoyed trying to return to a new normal. Unfortunately after 6 months he had begun to show the same symptoms as the first time and I knew in my heart before the doctors actually confirmed it that it had relapsed. No child should ever have to experience it once let alone twice. My world was completely shattered once again but life continues to go on around you and you must face things as best as you can. Especially when you have kids depending on you. Life is still full of positive’s just sometimes you have to look a lot harder to notice them. We continued on with another year of hospital life after Cameron had his surgery to insert his central line but still enjoying the fact that despite the hard days we were fortunate to still be together. We laughed, enjoyed & kept ourselves occupied with the help of the play therapist as much as possible. After the year of Chemo was up we hadn’t got the results we wanted and got to meet the most gorgeous people that you never want to but know you’ll need - the palliative care team. Our doctor then gave us the option of trying a couple treatments considered experimental at that stage to which I agreed without hesitation despite the risks as I wasn’t going to give up without trying everything we could. The first one after 3 months didn’t work but the second one after 3 months got us to the stage that they were happy to do a bone marrow transplant. We all got tested to see if we were a match and fortunately one of us was. His younger brother who was his best buddy was and he wanted to donate. So off we went to Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital for 6 months for transplant. Whilst there at the hospital pharmacy I noticed they had Super Tees for sale and knowing how much Cameron loved Super Hereos I knew it was something that would bring a smile to his face and after reading up on it more and using it I knew it was so much more then just a Tee. It was a huge source of strength & happiness for Cameron. It was a source of independence for us as I wasn’t having to press the nurses bell for tubes & lines disconnection so often just to be able to change his top. I was able to take his temperature without bothering him too much either. Seeing him feeling stronger and happier despite what he was going thru gave me a sense of relief too as a parent’s biggest stress is watching their child go thru something so hard. All round it was just amazing and I couldn’t believe that we didn’t have something so crucial at the women’s & children’s hospital in Adelaide. In my opinion all kids fighting a serious illness or injury should have access to these Super Tee’s . I was determined that one way or another I would help make it happen for the kids back home (I’m not a runner but was willing to do a marathon if that’s what it took). 
So I contacted the maker Jason Sotiris and asked how I could go about it. He suggested I chat with Brian from the Mobilong Rotary Club and see if we could work something out.
I got in touch with Brian and organised to meet up with him and a few other members to chat about it. 
Me and my beautiful kids told them our story of childhood cancer hospital life & what the Super Tee meant to us. 
They had empathy and agreed it was a very worthy cause to support and help make happen. I had already spoken to the hospital foundation, doctors, nurses & other patients who equally saw the value in it also. So together with the Mobilong Rotary Club, The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation & my family partnership we were able to turn all our experience into something positive for the kids fighting big battles.
With expenses being very tight during hospital life due to medications, car parking, petrol & food etc on top of normal bills & expenses it’s hard for parents to afford to purchase one despite very much wanting to. 
My dream / goal is for kids to continue to receive them in hospital via our fundraising efforts. 
 
Any child who faces the challenges of illness, medical treatments and long hospital stays is a superhero… so they should look the part when they go into battle!
 
The Rotary Club of Mobilong and the Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation are 
helping little superheroes fight big battles
 
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