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‘It shouldn’t be happening’: Bereaved mother’s bid to end trauma of childhood cancer

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In honour of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Charlie Teo Foundation has launched ‘Unthinkable’: a fundraising campaign featuring the stories of those impacted by brain cancer.

Maryanne Larkin, who lost both her husband Gavin and teenage son Gus to cancer, told Jim Wilson it breaks her heart to see young children suffer the weight of the disease and its treatments.

Gus’ journey with cancer was one of acceptance, despite the difficulty of telling the “brainiac” 12-year-old the brain he was so proud of had a tumor.

His ‘quiet’ legacy, she hopes, will be further investment in childhood cancer research.

“That seems so cruel, that they are so innocent and they are so accepting.

“Yet they’re being put through the most traumatic time, the most traumatic treatments, sickness and surgeries.

“It’s horrible to watch, and it shouldn’t be happening.”

Press PLAY below to hear Maryanne’s story in full

To find out more about the Unthinkable campaign and to donate, click HERE.

 

Image: Supplied via the Charlie Teo Foundation

 

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