Join cancer survivors like Dylan Brown at Relay for Life
YOU wouldn't know it but Dylan Brown, 13, is a cancer survivor.
The vivacious Kingscliff High student, who surfs, bodyboards and crams as much as he can into every day, was diagnosed with the disease as a newborn.
"When Dylan was delivered at the Murwillumbah Hospital they knew straight away there was a problem because he had jaundice and a protrusion from his tummy," Dylan's mum Michelle Brown said.
Later, a series of CT scans, an MRI, blood tests and a biopsy at the Brisbane Mater revealed the truth.
"How could a baby have cancer," Ms Brown asked.
"I'm a fifth generation Pottsvillian. I'd never heard of cancer in children or babies before."
At five days old, Dylan had his first chemotherapy treatment for a rare liver cancer, hepatoblastoma.
"If we didn't do the chemo they said he had three months to live," Ms Brown said.
In the next six months, Dylan's tumour shrunk with the aggressive drug.
"It was a blur. We were absolutely terrified," Ms Brown said.
"When you're faced with losing a child, words cannot begin to describe how you're feeling."
At three months old, the cancerous section of Dylan's liver was removed and by six months he was clear of the cancer that could have taken his life.
Through the ordeal, Ms Brown realised the importance of scientific research.
"You never think this will happen to you. When it does you realise the only way to successfully treat cancer is through research.
"Dylan's medical records are in medical books, his treatment has saved other kids - it all comes back to the research."
Fundraising can help with research to ensure the successful treatment of cancer, like in Dylan's case.
"Our way to giving back to the research that saved our boy is by taking part in Daffodil Day, Pink Ribbon Day and Relay for Life," Ms Brown said.
Join in: Ms Brown is encouraging locals to take part in the Tweed Valley Relay for Life at the Cudgen Leagues Club this Saturday and Sunday from 3pm. The aim is to raise $80,000.