If our experience can move people to give, that would bring meaning to Nathan’s suffering.MATHIEU, NATHAN'S DAD
18-month-old Nathan was tired, pale and having trouble walking.
The anaesthetist told Mathieu and Francesca that their affectionate, sunny little boy was riddled with tumours. Nathan was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma.
The doctors said to us: “There’s something very wrong with your son. We don’t know exactly what yet, but we’re going to find out.
Fighting to survive
Nathan started an aggressive regime of treatment at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, including eight rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the main tumour.
Curing childhood cancer isn’t a case of if, but when. However, until we get there, children like Nathan will continue to suffer through long and painful treatments with no guarantee they will work.
The heaviest part of his treatment was immunotherapy. He was in agony, screaming ‘it hurts, it hurts’, until the morphine was cranked up.
Despite months of painful treatment, and a fleeting moment when Nathan appeared cancer-free, his cancer returned. This time it was even more aggressive, spreading throughout Nathan’s entire body.
Right now, in our world class facilities, our researchers are working to find better treatments and a cure for childhood cancers.
There was cancer in his arms, ribs, hip, pelvis, legs and skull. More treatment would cause more suffering, with only the tiniest chance of success. I didn’t know I was able to cry like that.
Nathan slips away
Nathan passed away in his parent’s arms. He was only two and a half years old.
Recently we found a potential new treatment for neuroblastoma which is now part of an international clinical trial. More funds are urgently needed to continue our groundbreaking research.
It really holds true that every dollar counts, because every dollar helps our researchers to find new and innovative treatments, and another potential