Courage shines on

WHEN four-year-old Alex Brown was diagnosed with cancer in March this year, the entire Ipswich Kindergarten community felt the impact.

The popular student is currently battling a Wilms tumour, a cancer of the kidneys that usually affects newborns and the very young.

Alex's family, friends and teachers showed their support for him last week by selling daffodils to raise money for Cancer Council Queensland.

"We have hosted Daffodil Day for more than 25 years," kindergarten director Lynette Rogers said.

"But this year it has really hit home. There isn't a family here that hasn't been touched by Alex's story so it's a cause that's important to us."

Earlier this year the kindergarten held a Walk for Alex to raise funds to help the family cope with rising hospital, travel and accommodation costs.

Alex's mother, Cathy Murray, said she was touched by the amount of support they had received and encouraged people to support Daffodil Day today to help others going through the same situation.

"The support makes you feel like you're not alone," she said.

"Alex is doing well.

"He has two more treatments to go and I'm really happy with how he's doing."

The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for all affected by cancer because of its reputation as a hardy annual flower.

It is known for pushing its way through frozen earth after a long winter to herald the return of spring, new life, vitality and growth.

This year Cancer Council hoped to raise $1.7 million during the appeal.

For more or to find out how to donate to Cancer Council Queensland visit the website daffodilday.com.au.


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