Alby in­spires oth­ers

11-year-old bounces back with con­fi­dence af­ter brain tu­mours

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Vicki Wood

MICHELLE Everett con­sid­ers her fam­ily pretty lucky.

She has four boys, grow­ing up healthy and strong. But this wasn’t al­ways that case.

This month is Child­hood Can­cer Aware­ness Month and Michelle shared her story of her sec­ond child Alby, who was di­ag­nosed with fronto-pari­etal pi­lo­cytic as­tro­cy­toma at the age of three.

For the next four years, the fam­ily went on a roller coaster of emo­tions.

“I still re­mem­ber it like yes­ter­day when at the din­ner ta­ble we asked Alby to clap his hands and he had no co-or­di­na­tion at all.”

Doc­tors found a brain tu­mour and Alby was im­me­di­ately put in for surgery.

“I don’t think you can be pre­pared for any­thing like that,” Michelle said.

Dur­ing the next few years doc­tors found four tu­mours and each time Alby had to have them re­moved.

Michelle said he was for­tu­nate that each time the doc­tors were able to re­move all of it and he did not have to go through chemo­ther­apy or any fur­ther treat­ment.

“Each time Alby bounced back faster,” she said.

As a re­sult of the surgery and where the tu­mour was, Alby has per­ma­nent right-side hemi­ple­gia. It has left his right side need­ing con­stant phys­io­ther­apy and ex­er­cise due to tight­en­ing of the mus­cles.

“He does not com­plain or whine. It is the beau­ti­ful thing about him, he just gets on with it and finds a way to do things,” Michelle said, be­liev­ing that want­ing to keep up with his younger broth­ers spurs him on.

Michelle said the best thing she did was get Alby clas­si­fied so he can com­pete with other para-ath­letes.

He takes part in swim­ming, taek­wondo and Lit­tle Ath­let­ics, where he com­petes at state level.

“He wants to be able to in­spire other kids to have a go re­gard­less of their abil­ity,” Michelle said.

This at­ti­tude is what made his school nom­i­nate him to carry the ba­ton for the Com­mon­wealth Games, which he is wait­ing to hear about.

Alby also spent two weeks fundrais­ing at Bli Bli State School and he man­aged to raise $2000 for Child­hood Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

DRESSED FOR SUC­CESS: Alby Everett in yel­low to fundraise for Child­hood Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN­SPIR­ING OTHER KIDS: Alby Everett on the podium for Lit­tle Ath­let­ics.

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