Sur­vivor’s bid to lift spir­its

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

DI­AG­NOSED with leukaemia at 13, Te­gan Kubler has lived and breathed the lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion that comes with a child­hood can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

De­ter­mined to bring a ray of sun­shine into the lives of chil­dren who are bat­tling can­cer, or have a loved one with can­cer, the 17-year-old is launch­ing a range of Can­cer Com­pan­ion Dolls.

“My own ex­pe­ri­ence saw me taken out of school and away from my friends, and although I of course had my fam­ily, I still felt a cer­tain lone­li­ness and like I was sud­denly just so dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­one else,” Te­gan said.

“I wanted to cre­ate some­thing to bring a lit­tle bit of sun­shine dur­ing a dark time.

“I cre­ated these dolls to try and lessen the pain that I my­self felt, and that I never want other chil­dren in the same sit­u­a­tion to feel.”

Te­gan said she de­signed the dolls with the hope chil­dren would look at them and think “you are just like me”.

“They have no hair, yet in­stead rock a colour­ful aware­ness ban­danna, rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent can­cers,” she said. “I also plan to launch them in both gen­ders and all eth­nic­i­ties so no child ever feels left out.”

Te­gan has launched a GoFundMe to help raise funds for the fi­nal stage of pro­duc­tion of the first 100 dolls.

“I’m hop­ing to get enough in the next cou­ple of weeks so I can have the first 100 done be­fore Christ­mas, so I can donate them to chil­dren who are in hospi­tal over Christ­mas.”

To donate, visit gofundme.com/ can­cer-com­pan­ion-dolls.

Photo: War­ren Ly­nam

SHOW­ING SUP­PORT: Te­gan Kubler is a can­cer sur­vivor and has cre­ated a can­cer sup­port doll. She is fundrais­ing to pro­duce them for kids go­ing through can­cer.

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