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It’s been one year since Logan Hospital started providing chemotherapy for local children with cancer and now everyone is celebrating Brook and Cooper’s big milestone.
The pair have kicked cancer to the kerb and finished their treatment, ringing the bell for the first time to mark the occasion.
It’s been a long four-year road for the boys, aged nine and 13, both diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Regional Case Manager for the Logan Children’s Inpatient Unit, Candace Chisholm said with the support of Queensland Children’s Hospital and the Queensland Paediatric Haematology Oncology Network, Logan Hospital was now treating eight local children.
“We spent many months ensuring our staff were trained by clinicians at Queensland Children’s Hospital and securing the equipment and space to deliver this treatment to local kids,” she said.
“For us it has always been about making things easier for families in and around Logan whose child needs treatment for cancer and by bringing services closer to home, families are saving 45 minutes travel each way to the city and hundreds of dollars in parking costs.”
Candace said it was an exciting time for everyone in the Children’s Inpatient Unit including the staff who had been part of the boys’ journey.
“Seeing the boys ring the bell to mark the end of their treatment is so rewarding.”
Nine-year-old Cooper’s dad Trent Becker said he couldn’t thank Logan Hospital enough.
“It’s been a hard journey with lots of ups and downs but we got there in the long run,” he said.
“As a parent, we have built relationships with the staff at Logan Hospital and now we are looking forward to Cooper going back to a normal childhood and moving on.”