The People's Truck
The People's Truck at the 2013 i98FM Camp Quality Convoy - with Lenny Turner, Lenice and Derek McMahon
Dexter's hepatoblastoma - liver cancer
The day the doctor told Mum about my enlarged liver was one of the worst days we've had. For Mum, telling Dad was just as hard. We had a few tests before they confirmed it was cancer...
Then, we had to wait to find out whether it was 'the good kind; which would respond better to treatment, or 'the bad kind';
which was much more difficult to treat. That was an awful time! My cancer turned out to be hepatoblastoma, the good kind.
I had surgeries (and for me, 'recovery' is very bad!) and biopsies. My rib was broken. Nodules on my lungs turned out to be safe, and nothing to worry about. My central lines was put in place and my chemotherapy rounds began.
After each chemotherapy round, I was toxic for a while and Mum and Dad needed gloves to clean me when I was sick. My third day of chemotherapy was always the worst, and I didn't want to do anything. There was a lot of vomit and a lot of pain.
Mum had to be extra careful, because my sister was growing inside her, and we had no kisses for a while, each month. My body fluids were toxic, because of the chemotherapy, and could have hurt my baby sister.
My hair fell out, so we shaved it. That was my first hair cut.
I needed platelet and blood transfusions each month. The platelet transfusions made me feel very sick. I got nose bleeds and bleeding gums, because my platelet levels were low.
I got very sick.
After six rounds of chemotherapy, the surgeon cut out the tumour. Originally, it was the size of a computer mouse. The surgery went well, but the recovery didn't. The pain relief caused me to stop breathing, twice in one day.
For about eight months, our lives were all about the cancer.
You never realise how strong you are, until you have to be!
We've always supported the i98FM Camp Quality Truck Convoy, and want to do so in an even bigger and more public way. We want to teach people about childhood cancers.
One way we support the i98FM Camp Quality Convoy, is to support the People's Truck.
The 'people' can donate $20 and get their name on the side of the truck! Easy! All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be issued by Camp Quality.
In 2014, we founded 'Dexter's Mates'... The Dexter's Mates were
people who got their name written on the truck, near Dexter's.
If you would like to be a Dexter's Mate, and support Camp Quality,
send us an email - firstname.lastname@example.org
We raised $6725 for Camp Quality in 2013.
And, to everyone who supports the convoy, thank you!
More about the Truck!
The Illawarra has a truck convoy each November to raise money for Camp Quality. We've always watched and enjoyed the convoy.
The People's Truck is owned by McMahons Transport.
For $20, a name can be written on the side of the truck and remain there for a year. Our idea is to collect the names of Dexter's Mates. All of Dexter's Mates will be added to the truck together, under Dexter's name. If you'd like to join Dexter and become one of his Mates on the truck, let us know.
It costs $20 per person - with 100% of the money going to Camp Quality. Tax receipts will be issued by the end of the year. The reason you don't get a receipt immediately, is we send all names in together, to ensure they are with Dexter's, so donations get processed a little after the donation is actually made.
Details we need
Currently - email for bank details.
Once you put the money in, email us so we can check for the donation. We will transfer the money and fill in your registration.
We need to know the following:
Your first and last name, email or postal address and phone number (for receipt & to check spelling of name, if needed). We need the name you want to put on the truck (one person - $20).
We can take business names, logos and websites, too -
email for details: email@example.com
Thank You! xx