AFTER being affected by neuroblastoma, the De Beaux family from Willagee has been thrown into action to raise money.
Max De Beaux (6) was diagnosed with the disease in April last year when he was at pre-primary at Winthrop Primary School.
His treatment is ongoing.
Neuroblastoma is an almost-exclusive form of childhood cancer, as a solid tumour arises from particular nerve cells in a child’s abdomen and chest and into the skull following the line of the spinal cord.
Winthrop PS pre-primary teacher Lisa Chamberlain said the disease had a huge impact on Max’s schooling.
“Max’s attendance at school was affected by treatments, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy and even THE University of Notre Dame has achieved fivestar ratings in seven of 14 categories in the Good Universities Guide 2019.
Notre Dame – which has campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney – achieved top marks in overall experience, when he was able to attend he had to be monitored closely due to his body’s inability to fight off something as simple as the common cold,” she said.
“A temperature meant he would automatically be admitted back into hospital for a minimum 48 hours.
“He is a beautiful kid with a wonderful smile who has developed friendships at the school.”
A fundraiser for Neuroblastoma Australia has been organised by the De Beaux family, Ms Chamberlain, family friends and parents from the school.
Soiree on the Swan will be held at the Swan Yacht Club in East Fremantle on October 19 at 7pm.
Ms Chamberlain said the school and the community had been able to support the family.
“We had lots of advice about what to tell the other learner engagement, student support, teaching quality, skills development, full-time employment and median graduate salary.
For 12 years in a row the university has received a top ranking in overall experience, children and once the chemotherapy started the other children noticed the changes,” she said.
“We had Camp Quality come in and do a puppet show to explain what was happening. It aimed to address the children’s questions about cancer and talked about how you can be a good friend and supportive of children and siblings impacted by cancer.
“The school community supported the family by filling up the family’s freezer with homemade meals, starting a Go Fund Me page and filling jars with coins that could be used for parking at PMH.
“We are hoping to raise $10,000 from the event for Neuroblastoma Australia.
“It’s a huge night for the families.
“We are hoping to help families just like the De Beaux family.” teaching quality skills development.
The Good Universities Guide uses the Federal Government’s quality indicators for learning and teaching, which measure students’ and graduates’ educational experience and outcomes. and