Friends rally to help

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

KATEY and David Higgs re­gard their son Fin­lay as a mir­a­cle child.

The four-year-old has en­dured a lot in a short time af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with hep­a­to­blas­toma, a very rare can­cer­ous tu­mour that starts in the liver that pri­mar­ily af­fects chil­dren from in­fancy to about three years of age.

Fin­lay had 12 rounds of chemo­ther­apy over a year and mul­ti­ple surg­eries to re­move the tu­mours, which in­cluded re­mov­ing parts of his liver and gall­blad­der.

“He was given a 30 per cent chance of sur­vival when first di­ag­nosed but in terms of cancer, he is sta­ble,” Mrs Higgs said.

“There are side af­fects from his treat­ments; he has se­vere os­teo­poro­sis and needs reg­u­lar treat­ment to boost his bone den­sity, he needs hear­ing aids be­cause the chemo­ther­apy af­fected his hear­ing and he has had de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues.”

With Fin­lay’s con­di­tion im­prov­ing, the fam­ily wants to raise money for the Chil­dren’s Leukaemia and Cancer Re­search Foun­da­tion dur­ing the Friends of Fin­lay Camp Out at Lathlain Park on Novem­ber 25.

West Coast Ea­gles and Perth Foot­ball

Club play­ers will be at the Camp Out to sign au­to­graphs as well as con­duct foot­ball drills with the kids.

There will also be a jump­ing cas­tle, face paint­ing and other camp­ing pas­times such as a big bar­be­cue break­fast cooked by Perth Demons play­ers, a sing-along, sto­ry­telling and bub­ble blow­ing.

Mrs Higgs said it was dif­fi­cult for the fam­ily while Fin­lay was sick be­cause the fam­ily was of­ten sep­a­rated. “We’ve loved camp ing as a fam­ily but be­cause Fin­lay was sick, we were stuck in­doors,” she said.

“The Demons have sup­ported the foun­da­tion for a num­ber of years and we are glad they’ve helped out. My fam­ily is ex­cited about the event.”

Perth Demons play­ers and the Higgs fam­ily are com­ing to­gether for the Friends of Fin­lay Camp Out at Lathlain Park.

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