HE­WITT FINDS GOOD IN CHAR­AC­TER

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By TOYAH SHAKE­SPEARE

AF­TER nine-year-old Filip Faix’s bat­tle with can­cer, a May­lands busi­ness­man will help raise funds for Telethon through a sec­ond an­nual Ul­ti­mate Ice Hockey Cham­pi­onship.

John Ca­puto’s busi­ness part­ner Paul Faix’s son spent last year at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal tack­ling a sar­coma with chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy.

Par­ents Paul and Denisa Faix dis­cov­ered the May­lands Penin­sula Pri­mary School stu­dent had a lump on his left side be­low his col­lar­bone and took him for tests in late 2014.

Af­ter an MRI, CT scans, ul­tra­sounds and a biopsy, they found Filip had a sar­coma.

While also car­ing for their three other chil­dren, the cou­ple said the staff at PHM were a great sup­port.

“They do the max­i­mum for your child; ev­ery lit­tle pain they try to help, they en­ter­tain them, they try to even make it fun for them… very car­ing peo­ple,” Ms Faix said.

Filip was part of an in­ter­na­tional clin­i­cal study at the hos­pi­tal to help im­prove treat­ment.

“We saw the im­por­tance of re­search,” Mr Faix said.

Filip is now can­cer­free.

Mr Faix said he urged par­ents to check their child’s lumps very quickly, as sar­coma was a very ag­gres­sive form of can­cer.

“If it wasn’t treated then, the doc­tor said he prob­a­bly would have had about 12 months,” he said.

Mr Ca­puto will reprise the Ul­ti­mate Ice Hockey Cham­pi­onship that be­gan last year and raised funds for Teen Chal­lenge, and will this year raise funds for PMH and the Telethon In­sti­tute.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie ~www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d454009

Oliver Faix (7) and Han­nah Faix (5) look down on John Ca­puto with Snow­ball the dog, Filip Faix (9) and dad Paul Faix.

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