Meet Our Families

Every family who stays with Childhood Cancer Support has a different story to tell; some of these stories have been generously shared here. We hope they inspire others like they have in our community.


The Rethamel Family
“On the 13th February 2014, our youngest daughter Lucy (age 8 years), was diagnosed with A.L.L (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia). Within 24 hours, we found ourselves in Brisbane, some 1,350kms away from home in Townsville (Northern QLD). Our world collapsed… [Read More]

The McKinnon Family 
“Our family lives on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland. Teresa is a stay at home mum to 3 boys Bayley (6-years-old), Corey and Archie (4-years-old), while Jamie works in PNG on a 16/12 roster – 16 days at work and 12 days at home… [Read More]

The Kiely Family
“At the end of February this year, our family life was turned upside down when our youngest was diagnosed with leukaemia. We were told he needed to be in Brisbane – 700kms away from home… [Read More]

The Jarvis Family
“We are the Jarvis family from Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast. We have been staying at CCS for approximately 3 months now… [Read More]

The Jorgenson Family
“We are one of the CCS families and have lived with them on and off for three and a half years.  For us it has been a home away from home and a God send… [Read More]

Lois and Brian Shinner
It was through volunteering up at the Royal Children’s Hospital that Lois first heard of Childhood Cancer Support. “I’d never even heard of it before” Lois says when… [Read More]