LITTLE BATTLER BEATS CANCER
Seven-year-old Fletcher in remission after brave fight
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.
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.