Local teen who beat cancer helps raise money for sick kids

A brave young Gold Coast teen who beat cancer has been announced as the local face of Woolworths Easter Fundraising Appeal, which will raise funds for the Gold Coast University Hospital.

In May 2019, when Gold Coast student Jasper was just 15-years-old, he began to experience hip pain. When the pain hadn’t eased by September, his doctors ordered an MRI.

The MRI found that Jasper had a tumour in his pelvis, which was later diagnosed as Ewing Sarcoma.

His mum, Karli, describes how their world changed in an instant.

“Our world was completely flipped on its head – we were completely terrified and overwhelmed with what was ahead,” Karli said.

After months of chemotherapy and radiation, Jasper underwent surgery to remove the cancer, before doing some further follow up chemotherapy, all of which proved successful.

Now 17 years of age and happily cancer free, Jasper still has to return to Queensland Children’s Hospital for regular scans to ensure the cancer hasn’t returned.

Jasper and his family are now sharing their story as the official Gold Coast ambassadors of Woolworths Easter Fundraising Appeal, to encourage locals to donate to the cause in support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Since 2016, local Woolworths customers have helped raise nearly half a million dollars for sick Gold Coast kids through the annual Appeal.

Money raised through such campaigns enables the hospital to vital medical research, life-saving medical equipment, and patient and family-support services at the Gold Coast University Hospital for sick kids and their families.

Customers can support the Easter Fundraising Appeal by simply adding a $2 Easter egg shaped wall token to their shop, or make a donation in-store or online, until 6 April 2021.

To learn more about Children’s Hospital Foundation, visit childrens.org.au.

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