Col Reynolds and Oscar.
Col Reynolds and Oscar. Jorgia White

Giving kids with cancer a chance

IT WAS the late 1980s when former tourist coach driver Col Reynolds made one important stop. It was this one sliding doors moment that has led Col on his passionate campaign with one important goal.

"I was driving my empty coach past the Children's Hospital in Sydney," he said.

"I stopped to let two young children with bald heads cross the road.

"After seeing them I parked my coach and went into the hospital on the spur of the moment."

Col said it was the spirit of the children and their families he met that day which became his driving force.

"I made it my personal mission to help kids with cancer in any way I could," he said.

For the next 10 years, Col helped the kids forget their illnesses by taking them on day trips away from treatments and the confines of their hospital beds.

 

"I funded these trips myself and began fundraising so I could do more and more. But what really got me were how many children were dying," he said.

This is when his mission to help took vital steps forward and The Kids' Cancer Project was born.

"In the end I was told the only thing I could do was research," he said.

"So in 1993, I changed my direction and put my time and money into research.

"I have made promises to kids and their parents that I vow to keep."

Last month, Col embarked on his Science Project, which involves driving his brightly coloured The Kids' Cancer Project bus 10,000km across Australia.

And his mission for this adventure is simple.

He wants to tell as many people as he can about what needs to be done to change the statistics.

"There are 30,000 kids living with the after effects of chemo," he said.

"There is no other way to stop this without science.

"Everyone deserves a life free from cancer.

"Everyone deserves a better chance."

For more information about the Project or to support Col's mission, go here.


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