Family of young Toowoomba leukaemia patient help CareFlight
DRESSED as superheroes, the family and friends of a four-year-old have raised money to give back after the boy was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Tayte was struck down with high temperatures on Wednesday, March 11, and by March 14 he had been choppered by RACQ CareFlight to the Children's Hospital in Brisbane.
Tayte's mum Kristal Gill said that when his condition had not improved they took him to their GP.
"She basically said stop all Nurofen or Panadol, but she couldn't pinpoint what was wrong with him," she said.
But by that afternoon it only took one look at Tayte for Kristal to realise there was something seriously wrong with her son.
"So we checked his temperature and it was 42 degrees so I just rushed him straight to the Toowoomba Hospital," she said.
"They did blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds and all the tests and all of his blood counts were really low and they basically said to us it looked like he either had a really bad infection or some sort of malignancy.
"Unfortunately, after he got choppered to Brisbane, the doctors confirmed the next morning it was leukaemia."
The family recently held a bowls day, with a superhero theme, at the South Toowoomba Bowls Club where they raised $600 for RACQ CareFlight, $600 for the Ronald McDonald House and $600 for the Leukaemia Foundation. Ten family members shaved their heads for Tayte on the day.
Tayte is three months into eight months of chemotherapy, followed by two years of maintenance.
Both Kristal and Tayte's dad Brendon thanked everyone who had supported them and Tayte.
"We just want everyone to know how thankful we are, for everything."