Kids Fun Run with Thomas

 In Annual Events, Fundraising

The Kids Fun Run with Thomas is an annual fundraising event organised by the Rotary Club of Emerald and District. This year the event is raising funds for our Monash Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre, supporting a Fellow staff position.

The fun-filled day includes the kids’ fun runs, Thomas the train rides from Gembrook Station and a range of family-friendly entertainment.

Visit to find out more, register and fundraise.

Gabe’s story

The funds raised through the Kids Fun Run with Thomas event support patients like Gabe. Gabe was diagnosed with leaukemia in December 2017. He is only 9 years old.

“If I could bear the burden of this disease… instead of my son – I would.”
These are the words of Gabe’s mum, Kathy – an incredibly strong mum of five, who has spent many hours in the Monash Children’s Hospital Cancer Centre whilst Gabe receives treatment.

Gabe was rushed to the Emergency Department at Monash Medical Centre where a mass taking-up 50% of his lungs was discovered. He was admitted straight into the Intensive Care Unit for the next 4 days to undergo medical treatment and reduce the size of the mass before starting chemotherapy.

Then Gabe faced a 12 month stint of harsh chemotherapy treatment to fight the cancer attacking his immune system. A year later and an extremely resilient Gabe is nearing the end of the most gruelling phase of his cancer treatment. He faces another 2 years of maintenance, but with less regular hospital visits

Enjoy a family-fun day out whilst supporting care for kids like Gabe on November 25 at the Kids Fun Run with Thomas event

Gabe with his mum Kathy at MCH

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