Harry’s beaten cancer, heads home with best news
AT just 14, Harry Foster has conquered hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
Since April he has undergone regular chemotherapy in his home country, New Zealand, at Christchurch.
He had to leave behind his sister, school, work at the Calliope Pizza Place and hockey team, the Meteors.
But Harry has now returned to Gladstone to his sister Lea's home in Calliope after receiving the all clear from doctors in November.
"It's really good to be back, it's a relief," the brave 14-year-old said.
He spent Christmas with his family at their home town two hours west of Christchurch. But he said he couldn't wait to return to Gladstone.
"I was happy as - as soon as I found out I was in the all clear I started planning my trip home," he said.
Lea moved to Gladstone four years ago for work, and Harry followed two years later.
He was on school holidays visiting his parents in April last year when he first saw a doctor about a lump in his lymph nodes.
It was a seven centimetre long, two centimetre wide tumour that was wrapped around his jugular.
The cancer was also found under his arm, down his right side, in his groin and lung.
He was officially diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in May.
When Lea found out her little brother was returning to Gladstone, she was extremely relieved.
"I cried, they were tears of joy ... it was really good," she said.
She said there was an 80 - 90% chance the cancer would not return.
During his treatment, his friends in Gladstone received regular updates on the Facebook page, Harry's Journey.
"It went a lot bigger than we thought it would. We thought it would be couple hundred people, just the kids from school, but now there are over 1000 people on there," Lea said.
"Because he hadn't been here that long we didn't think there would be that amount of support, but there was more here than from our home town."
Harry is looking forward to starting Grade 10 at Toolooa State High School.