Helping Parker on his epic fight against childhood leukaemia
On Nov 4th the Reid family’s world was turned upside down when their 17 month old son, Parker, was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Andrew Reid, a former Apsley local, and wife Annette have had to move from Mackay to Brisbane to be with Parker for another 2-3 more years of treatment. Grandparents Alan & Margie Reid of Apsley are always great supporters of families in our community, therefore we are dedicating an event to the recovery of Parker and to help ease the financial toll this life changing disease is taking on his family.
In the days leading up to Parker’s diagnosis his parents Andy & Netty thought their happy bubbly cheeky son had a common cold, that was until his temperature rose and he was taken to the GP, later to be diagnosed with Pneumonia. After being sent home with antibiotics his condition didn’t improve, within 48 hours he became very unwell and his temperature spiked. He was admitted in the ED at Mackay Base Hospital and a quick-thinking Doctor ordered bloods. What followed was every parent’s worst nightmare, Parker was diagnosed with the dreaded ‘C’ word. To cut a long story short he was flown to Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital that afternoon, he received a blood transfusion midair and had more treatments waiting for him on arrival.
Parker has since undergone biopsies of his spinal/brain fluid, also a bone marrow biopsy and lumber punctures, blood and platelet transfusions and already received several rounds of chemo treatments that have resulted in horrible side effects. The list of medication that this poor little dude is on is more than anyone should have to deal with in a lifetime!
Andy and Netty have put their life on hold since this dreadful news but unfortunately bills continue to come in, so we are hoping we can help give a beautiful family a small amount of financial relief while they adjust to their new way of life.
Unfortunately, leukaemia is not a quick fix and Parker will undergo treatment for a few years yet, so any money raised will help go towards ongoing expenses for a very grateful family.