All who know Baxter would agree; he is one cute kid, with big blue eyes and an infectious smile that lights up the room. “Baxter has a beautiful, cheeky personality. He loves watching footy with his dad and the cars that drive past our house. His favourite shows are ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Finding Nemo’,” says mum, Emma.
But when he was 6 weeks old, first time parents, Emma and Peter received the devastating news that their baby boy had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).
For the next seven months they stayed in hospital whilst Baxter underwent intensive chemotherapy. “It’s hard to describe what it was like being in hospital for that long. You lose track of time, you don’t know what it’s like outside,” describes his mum.
Whilst Baxter spent his first Christmas in hospital, he was given a “Christmas Bear” donated by a generous supporter of The Kids’ Cancer Project. Emma recalls; “Seeing Baxter’s eyes light up and look so intently at his bear. It was just so lovely. It was a wonderful unexpected gift to receive.”
Now, 15 month old Baxter is stable and finally back home, where he was able to celebrate his first birthday surrounded by his family and friends.
It’s a common tradition to ring a bell in hospital when a child has completed their cancer treatment, announcing to everyone their bravery and the odds they’ve beaten.
Baxter is yet to ring this bell, but we hope that joyous moment comes very soon. Your support helps fund important research such as Dr Andy Moore’s project at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. Dr Moore and his team are helping children with AML, like Baxter, who may be at risk of relapse. Learn more
“My whole family now advocate so strongly for childhood cancer research, we know that research has helped Baxter and that his case will help children diagnosed with AML in the future,” says Emma.
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