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Family support helps get through the toughest of times

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Child:                     Amber Streeting

Age:                       6 years old

Treated at:          John Hunter Hospital

 

Family support helps get through the toughest of times

One night, back in July 2015, four and a half year old Amber had woken up from her sleep complaining of a sore stomach - which was very out of ordinary for her as she always sleeps right through the night.

The next day she was still not well and sore in her stomach, so her parents Peter and Sarah decided to take her to their closest hospital (in Gosford) to get her checked out.   Once there, she was given some medicine and started to feel better however, she still needed to go for further tests to get to the bottom of her concerns.

After getting a scan on her stomach it was made apparent that Amber was very unwell.  The radiologist had seen scans like hers before and believed she had the rare childhood cancer, neuroblastoma.

At the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Amber underwent a mass of tests, ultrasounds and surgery with the results confirming Peter and Sarah’s fears – their precious little girl had stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma.

Amber immediately commenced treatment, which consisted of chemotherapy every 10 days for 70 days.  Initial tests after this time had showed improvement, however more still needed to be done.  Since then Amber has undergone further rounds of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a stem cell transplant.

She is currently undergoing autoimmune therapy – a very painful and intense treatment that will unfortunately need to be continued for the next 5 – 6 months to help diminish Amber’s aggressive cancer.

Amber’s father Peter says that they have been very lucky to have such great support from their families as it allows them to give everything they have to support their beautiful daughter through this difficult time.

“There is a lot more to this situation than just having a sick child,” Peter says. 

“Before this happened to us, I would hear the story of another child with cancer going through a rough time, but never really understood what it meant for the parents or siblings of that child and what they go through too.” Said Peter.

Peter is now more aware that on top of his daughter’s illness and the day to day juggling of appointments and treatments, there are many additional pressures to manage such as financial and relationship stress and depressed periods for all concerned.  The Streeting family are aware of how important is to work together through these issues.

The Streeting family are hoping that the new year will bring good news and they are confident that Amber’s courage and strength will help her get through this tough time.

Neuroblastoma is the leading cause of death in children under 5 from cancer. The annual Run2Cure event being held in Sydney on the 4th of June 2017 aims to raise awareness of, and funds for, neuroblastoma childhood cancer research. The event has now raised over $430 000 for Children’s Cancer Institute and Cancer Council NSW for designated neuroblastoma research projects. In 2017 the aim is to raise $150 000 to support the research further. 

Early Bird Tickets are available until Sunday, 2 April 2017. So be sure to get involved in the Run2Cure event today to help raise money and find a cure for this devastating cancer. 

For more information and to get involved, Click Here.