The Kids’ Cancer Project is taking on the iconic Larapinta trail in Australia’s Northern Territory as a fundraiser with a purpose. You too can join in, exploring one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking tracks alongside expert hikers and likeminded charity supporters.
It’s a cause close to Jodi’s heart and the reason why she’s lacing up her boots and pushing herself out of her comfort zone to join The Kids’ Cancer Project this August. Her son Trystan, at just three years of age, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
“This challenge is nothing compared to what he’s been through. If he can get through cancer, I can get through this,” said Jodi from her home in Tasmania.
Jodi recalls one particularly bad night when even the nurses were frightened after Trystan had an anaphylactic reaction to a chemotherapy drug.
“To find something that would not affect him the way current treatments do, that’s where the science and research comes in,” said Jodi. “There are cures out there that are just waiting to be found.”
Ultimately, Trystan went through 3.5 years of intense treatment before finally reaching remission. With four other children, one of whom has autism, Trystan’s ongoing treatment took a toll on Jodi’s whole family, but thankfully he is now a happy and cheeky 12-year-old.
“I have so much respect for scientists and researchers who dedicate their lives to childhood cancer. The research is critical to finding cures,” said Jodi.
And, after putting Trystan and her family first for so long, Jodi is excited that the adventure will give her some ‘me’ time.
“This has given me a purpose and something to strive for. It’s challenged me to take a break from the role of caregiver,” she said.
Sign up for the Trek for Kids Cancer before 30 July and start training!