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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

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