LIT­TLE BATTLER BEATS CANCER

Seven-year-old Fletcher in re­mis­sion af­ter brave fight

The Chronicle - - Front Page - SHERELE MOODY Sherele.Moody@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

YOUNG Fletcher Wil­son has spent many months fight­ing for his life. The seven-year-old Toowoomba lad was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia af­ter hav­ing un­usual fa­tigue, back trauma and strange pain about a year ago. He spent nine months re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Queens­land Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Bris­bane. Now Fletcher is in re­mis­sion.

YOUNG Fletcher Wil­son has spent many months fight­ing for his life.

The seven-year-old Toowoomba lad was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia af­ter hav­ing un­usual fa­tigue, back trauma and strange pain about a year ago.

He spent the fol­low­ing nine months re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Queens­land Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Bris­bane.

“We went to Bris­bane the day af­ter find­ing out he had cancer,” Fletcher’s mum Cherie Wil­son said.

“He has had nu­mer­ous types of chemo­ther­apy, lum­bar punc­tures, steroids and lots of dif­fer­ent things.”

Fletcher went into re­mis­sion in April but is still re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

“He is well at the mo­ment,” Mrs Wil­son said.

“You have to take each day as it comes be­cause you never know what sort of side ef­fects he will have.”

While in Bris­bane, Fletcher en­joyed the many Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion ser­vices.

Th­ese in­clude Juiced TV, where chil­dren host the show and in­ter­view celebri­ties; Cud­dle Car­ers; mu­sic, pet, bed­side play and other ther­apy pro­grams; and the Book Bunker li­brary.

“Fletcher re­ally en­joyed the mu­sic ther­apy be­cause it was fun and loud and he loved when the vol­un­teers came around to lend books to the chil­dren,” Mrs Wil­son said.

“The bed­side play was fan­tas­tic.”

The Chan­nel Nine Telethon is the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s key fundraiser. As well as sup­port­ing pa­tients at QCH, money raised dur­ing the telethon pays for vi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment, re­search and a range of med­i­cal ser­vices through­out Queens­land and North­ern NSW. The foun­da­tion hopes to raise more than $12 mil­lion when Queens­lan­ders tune into the telethon on the Nine Net­work on No­vem­ber 17. Do­na­tions can also be made at par­tic­i­pat­ing Wool­worths, Big W and Bank of Queens­land out­lets.

Photo: Kevin Farmer

GRATE­FUL FOR CARE: Cherie and Liam Wil­son with their chil­dren (from left) Fletcher, Hadleigh and Macken­zie urge res­i­dents to do­nate to the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion telethon.

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