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Luca Amery Should Have Been Back At School, Settling Into His New Year 5 Class.​ Instead, the ten-year-old Ballina boy is in a Brisbane hospital, recovering from surgery and preparing for a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to fight an aggressive brain tumour.

Ten-year-old Luca was stabilised at Lismore Base Hospital before being airlifted to Brisbane Children’s Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Lucas Story

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bALLINA BOY

Luca Amery Should Have Been Back At School, Settling Into His New Year 5 Class.​ Instead, the ten-year-old Ballina boy is in a Brisbane hospital, recovering from surgery and preparing for a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to fight an aggressive brain tumour.

Ten-year-old Luca was stabilised at Lismore Base Hospital before being airlifted to Brisbane Children’s Hospital by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

GRADE 4 CANCER

Luca has been diagnosed with a grade 4 Medulloblastoma, which has spread to his spine.
Luca Amery, who it just a little boy, will now need chemotherapy and radiotherapy following surgery to treat aggressive brain cancer.

During surgery, doctors discovered the tumour was attached to his brain stem and had begun to grow into it, which meant it couldn’t be removed entirely. Luca, his Mum, Dad, and Little Brother Dylan are now looking at 40 weeks worth of treatment, including six weeks of radiation and then seven chemotherapy cycles.

This beautiful, humble Ballina family and the community have swung into action to support Luca, his parents, and little brother Dylan as they face a challenging future.

UNIMAGINABLE

A friend of the family Shoel Surtees says Sarah is currently staying with Luca in Brisbane. Luca’s dad Phil is coming down regularly to take Dylan (who has just started kindergarten) to school and then driving back to support Luca on this unimaginable journey.

Shoel and friend Arielle have helped set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the family’s accommodation, medical bills, food, general living costs, care for Dylan, and rehabilitation down the track. The focus is on relieving the financial stress so Sarah and Phil can focus all of their energy on Luca’s recovery.

Shoel says although Medulloblastoma is rare, it’s the most common cause of brain cancer in children. And while Luca’s condition seemed to come on suddenly, there were some signs the family has picked up on in hindsight, such as outbursts, headaches, nausea, and difficulty riding his bike.

She says the family is coping as well as they can under the circumstances.

“Sarah’s a really strong lady. She’s just trying to find ways to make Luca laugh and keep him upbeat.”