Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

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Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

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Byline: Emma Reid

IMAGINE you're one week off having a baby, your town is flooded and you get the news that your five-year-old son has cancer.

This the position Amanda and Graham Jones were in in 2013, now they hope to give back to the organisations who supported their family, by holding a car and bike show at Maroondan State School next month.

Mrs Jones said times were tough when Brett first became sick in December 2012 and after six weeks of on-and-off again temperatures she demanded answers to why her son wasn't getting any better.

"We had blood tests done at first and it showed that something was abnormal, but we were told just to keep an eye on him," Mrs Jones Said

"Brett is an energetic little boy - never complains - so when the doctors looked at him, they said a[approximately]he doesn't look really sick'," she said.

"But I knew - when I saw him lying on the floor saying his arms, legs and tummy hurt - something was definitely wrong.

"We took him back to the base and, after persisting to have tests done, we were flown to Brisbane, where we found out he had advanced Hodgkin lymphoma."

Mrs Jones said it was then that she went into labour and couldn't be there for Brett, leaving her feeling torn.

So, she said, she is grateful to her mum who was there to hold Brett's hand throughout his treatments, before moving the whole family to Brisbane for a further seven months while Brett underwent treatment.

"He had chemotherapy but no radiation as that only targets one area and Brett had it all through his body - in his bones, liver, everywhere," she said

"I begged to come home but couldn't, and I couldn't split the kids up, so with my husband away working at the mines, the rest of us lived at the CCS units (Childhood Cancer Support units) and the older children attended school at Royal Children's Hospital School. …

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