When Maxx woke up with big bruises all over his body, he thought nothing of it.
However, within days he had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Blood cancer.
Maxx’s only hope for survival was a bone marrow transplant. This type of treatment was not available in Maxx’s home town of Devonport, so he and his mum Karyn had to move to Melbourne.
They barely had any time to pack, let alone find a place to live close to Maxx’s treating hospital.
Thankfully, Maxx and Karyn were able to stay at Fight Cancer Foundation’s North Melbourne accommodation centre, just a few minutes’ walk to Maxx’s hospital.
For five months Maxx and Karyn called Fight Cancer Foundation home.
The impact this accommodation support had on the family was huge, with Maxx telling us:
“Having the apartment kept our family together. I could walk between our home and treatment and had a peaceful and quiet place to rest and recuperate”
“I had a number of family and friends fly in to visit and they had a place to come and see me that wasn’t just a hotel room.”
His mum Karyn added:
“The simple fact that we had somewhere to live lightened up the whole load. Without the Fight Cancer Foundation apartment, I really don't know what may have happened. More than likely, I would have had to sell my house to rent somewhere.”
Maxx’s treatment was gruelling – he received radiation, chemotherapy and a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His memories of that time aren’t vivid, something that he is grateful for.
“I have different memories than everyone else. I say it wasn’t that bad but everyone else says it was pretty horrific. I just say I was a bit tired and lost my hair. But I think your mind blocks out what it doesn’t want to remember and only lets you remember what you can handle at that moment.”
Six years post-treatment we’re thrilled to share that Maxx is still in remission and is by all accounts ‘fighting fit.’
Collectively, Fight Cancer Foundation's three accommodation centres offer 47 apartments or rooms each night to Australian families fighting cancer.
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