Image courtesy of Angie Roe Photography
Within hours of his birth Darcy Dunkerton’s parents were told he had an extremely low white blood cell count and he was rushed to PMH to receive treatment. His tiny body underwent; seven blood transfusions, was on the verge of liver failure, had bleeding on the brain and endured constant seizures.
It wasn't until week three Darcy was diagnosed with Erythroleukemia. His family prepared for the worst. But because of amazing cancer research and collaboration of world class doctors; Darcy came out on top and is now a happy and healthy little boy.
This experience has made the Dunkerton family incredibly passionate about raising awareness and funds for cancer research and also inspired them to get involved in Relay For Life. Relay is an opportunity for the family to celebrate Darcy’s strength and resilience, show support for other families who have or are currently experiencing the impact of a cancer diagnosis and raise much-needed funds to help bring the defeat of cancer closer.
“The reason we take part in Relay for Life is to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. We have friends in our community who have not had the same outcome for their child as we have had for Darcy and it is a sign of support and love for them also,” said Darcy’s Mum, Christine.
“It was an absolute joy for Darcy to light the ‘Candle of Hope’ at our local (Avon Valley) Relay for Life ceremony last year after walking the lap of honour earlier in the day. It’s so very moving to feel the community spirit and the depth of raw emotion the participants experience while they’re there. All those involved walk away with a great sense of fulfilment. Thank you to everyone involved with Relay for Life and Cancer Council WA.”
Images courtesy of Angie Roe Photogrpahy
Each year, thousands of West Australians participate in Relays around WA. Some people Relay in memory of a loved one lost to cancer and some do it to show how proud they are at having survived cancer. No matter what your reason is, all funds go towards our mission to create a cancer free future for our community. Find out more about how you can get involved here.