James was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a form of blood cancer, when he was two-years-old.
James was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a form of blood cancer, when he was two-years-old. He has undergone more than three years of treatment, including chemotherapy, and is still a regular visitor to Starship Children’s clinics where he has checkups and blood tests. This will continue until he is 18 years old.
James lives with his parents Alison and Tim and his younger sister Kate in Auckland. Both Tim and Alison have participated several Cure Kids fundraising events, including the Great Adventure Race and Walk on the Wild Side, The Hills Golf Challenge and the Accor $10 Queenstown Challenge.
James is amazingly resilient and, despite his past treatment, is thriving at school. James loves to be outdoors, to go fishing with his dad and he also enjoys playing rugby and Waterpolo.
Although treatment is now complete, the effects of James’ cancer are still very much part of the family’s lives. Alison says she still finds it terrifying when James needs to have blood tests and always worries until the results have come through. The family are aware of how fortunate their brave son has been and they cherish every day.
Cure Kids have funded research into child cancers, including leukaemia, and how to improve outcomes for the more than 150 children diagnosed with some form of cancer each year in New Zealand.