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Loved ones fundraise to help Mighty Max fight leukaemia

CHEEKY SENSE OF HUMOUR: Max Hoiberg was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on September 1.
CHEEKY SENSE OF HUMOUR: Max Hoiberg was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on September 1. Contributed

"MIGHTY Max" Hoiberg has been a trooper since he was diagnosed with leukaemia last month.

When the results came back on September 1, the nine-year-old from Boyne Island was rushed to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane to begin chemotherapy.

He has his good days, playing with Lego or on his laptop, and the bad days when nausea takes over.

Family and friends are trying to raise funds to help Max and his parents through the challenging time, while they travel to and from Brisbane and look after his siblings at Boyne Island.

His mum, Bou McKay, said although he missed hanging out with his friends, it hasn't stopped his cheeky sense of humour.

"He doesn't complain at all. His biggest concern was losing his hair, but I think now he's seen other kids in hospital he knows it'll grow back," she said.

He also insisted his mum and her partner Nick went ahead with their wedding, scheduled a week after his diagnosis.

"Max was there with us via Skype, and everyone stopped in to see him at the hospital," Bou said.

It was several days after he had been out motorbike riding that Bou asked him about bruises on his body.

She had seen the same bruises weeks before her best friend Lydia passed away from Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in her teens, but these days the outcome is more positive.

"If it wasn't for her I probably wouldn't have taken him to the doctors," she said.

Max's case could have been fatal, and when the results of a blood test came back after midnight, the family had paramedics knocking on their door to get him to hospital.

Bou and Max's dad Karl have been alternating staying with Max in Brisbane every fortnight.

He is on to his second block of chemotherapy and treatment could last as long as three years - but he and his family are looking forward to when he can ring a special bell in the children's cancer ward that signifies the end of treatment.

Bou said the support from family, friends, work, the hospital, and children's cancer groups had been unbelievable.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

  • More than 300 people diagnosed annually
  • Accounts for 0.3% of all cancers diagnosed
  • Children 0-14 represent 60% of cases

- Leukaemia Foundation

How you can help:

  • Donate: to Max Hoiberg Appeal, BSB: 084 563, Account: 949 161 644.
  • Live auction: beginning November 1.
  • Follow Max's progress on Facebook at Max Hoiberg Appeal.

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