‘Whacky’ visit for Camp Qual­ity

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

Camp Qual­ity’s “whacky road trip” wesCarpade took an ex­tended de­tour on their trip from Man­durah to Bun­bury, stop­ping by Wick­epin Pri­mary School on Mon­day.

The week-long mo­tor­ing ad­ven­ture, span­ning last Satur­day to this Sun­day, in­cluded 30 cars themed from Juras­sic Park to Shrek to Mario — all in an ef­fort to bring laugh­ter to chil­dren af­fected by can­cer.

Can­cer is close to home for Wick­epin Pri­mary School, as stu­dents Lu­cas Snow, 9, and Clau­dia Bransby, 8, were both di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in 2015.

Clau­dia was five when she was di­ag­nosed af­ter fall­ing ill while on a fam­ily hol­i­day near Al­bany over the 2014-15 sum­mer hol­i­days.

Clau­dia had to spend seven months in hos­pi­tal in Perth and still has to travel to the city each month for on­go­ing treat­ment.

“It’s dev­as­tat­ing re­ally, it just changes them com­pletely, it’s a dif­fer­ent life. I think be­ing younger is eas­ier be­cause (she) can adapt to it,” Clau­dia’s mother, Leanne Bransby, said. “It’s a part of her life now. “There were four dif­fer­ent chemo­ther­a­pies, a drip would go through (Clau­dia) and she had chemo tablets ev­ery day.

“When they first told me, my whole body froze, be­cause my first re­ac­tion was ‘oh my gosh, she is go­ing to die’.”

Lu­cas was di­ag­nosed when he was six. Like Clau­dia, he fell ill while on hol­i­day in Mel­bourne, but his fam­ily did not find out un­til they re­ceived a sec­ond opin­ion from doc­tors in Perth.

“We went for an X-ray and Lu­cas had a shadow on his chest,” Lu­cas’ fa­ther, Greg Snow, said. Lu­cas’ mother, Philippa Snow, said Camp Qual­ity has of­fered a great deal of sup­port to her fam­ily, in­clud­ing day trips to events such as minigolf and the Christ­mas lights in Man­durah, Lu­cas’ favourite.

“The fo­cus on Camp Qual­ity is around giv­ing kids some­thing to look for­ward to out­side of their can­cer treat­ment,” she said.

Pic­tures: Michael Traill

The wesCarpade was in safe hands.

Greg Snow, Philippa Snow and Leanne Bransby with Lu­cas Snow and Clau­dia Snow, both at front.

Jar­rah­dale, Mario and But­ter­cake.

The Juras­sic Park-themed car.

Year 3 class.

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