A TYABB family whose world “fell apart” when their son was diagnosed with cancer says support from their school was the “shining light” that helped them through.
Miller Reid, who is being treated for a rare cancer of the spinal cord at Monash Children’s Hospital, has received strong backing from St Joseph’s in Crib Point, which included raising more than $3200 on his behalf for children’s cancer charity My Room.
Miller’s parents, Jessica and Chris Reid, said since July last year, when Miller was diagnosed, the family has “been through what can only be described as hell and back”.
But they knew they were not in it alone. “Having the support of our incredible school has been our shining light,” Ms Reid said. “In addition to providing ongoing support for our family, the school community has raised over $3200 on behalf of Miller for the My Room fundraiser.
“This is a testament to the wonderful school and community we have … just knowing that they are behind us, and supporting us, all the way. St Joseph’s cares not only about the students, but for the families, too.”
Principal Gab Espenschied said the school was “so lucky to have Miller and his brother Mason as part of our community”.
“The Reid family are a wonderful family who have shown such strength and resilience in this difficult time and the St Joseph’s community are here to support them in whatever way they need,” she said.
The Reids said My Room had provided support throughout Miller’s time at hospital.
“The endless work they do for those suffering from childhood cancer is truly remarkable,” Ms Reid said. “The support they provide is very hands-on, very personable.
“Knowing that organisations such as My Room are undertaking research and working toward a 100 per cent cure rate for childhood cancer is exceptional.
“We have been humbled and blown-away by the support we have received while going through something so horrific.”
Miller’s story featured on the Grand Final Eve Footy Show: My Room Telethon, on Channel 9.
A link to the My Room charity is: myroom.com.au