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A Determined Mother says #forkcancer for her Son

A Determined Mother says #forkcancer for her Son

A loving mum of three boys, Kylie never expected for her son Jonathon to be diagnosed with a rare form of cancer the day of his 13th birthday.

“It started as an ear infection and I noticed the lump that developed behind his ear that hadn’t gone away after the infection,” Kylie explained.

Jonathon had two scans within six months at an Ear Nose and Throat specialist, but Kylie still wasn’t satisfied when they put it down to a lymph node. Jonathon was sent to a head and neck surgeon and what followed was devastating news.

“The biopsy came back as a malignant tumour. Not only was Jonathon diagnosed with parotid acinic cell carcinoma which is a rare form of cancer, it is also rare for kids at that age to get that,” Kylie said.

With no family history, Jonathon’s diagnosis was a huge shock.

“Cancer changes your world. You are on this rollercoaster for cancer and it is for the rest of your life. It is always at the back of your mind.”

Kylie is determined to #forkcancer and wants to raise vital funds towards more research to save lives.

“No one knows why or how Jonathon’s cancer developed. This is why we need to know more about cancer and raise funds for researchers to improve our outcomes,” Kylie said.

With the cause so close to her heart, Kylie’s Longest Table included her family and friends who enjoyed a lunch with pasta on the menu.

“I really wanted to do something that Jonathon could be part of and The Longest Table is exactly that,” Kylie said.

“Jonathon’s fighting spirit saw him through a six hour operation and thankfully he is now two years cancer free. We feel so blessed and grateful for the outcome because we know this isn’t the case for everyone.”

A loving mum of three boys, Kylie never expected for her son Jonathon to be diagnosed with a rare form of cancer the day of his 13th birthday.

“It started as an ear infection and I noticed the lump that developed behind his ear that hadn’t gone away after the infection,” Kylie explained.

Jonathon had two scans within six months at an Ear Nose and Throat specialist, but Kylie still wasn’t satisfied when they put it down to a lymph node. Jonathon was sent to a head and neck surgeon and what followed was devastating news.

“The biopsy came back as a malignant tumour. Not only was Jonathon diagnosed with parotid acinic cell carcinoma which is a rare form of cancer, it is also rare for kids at that age to get that,” Kylie said.

With no family history, Jonathon’s diagnosis was a huge shock.

“Cancer changes your world. You are on this rollercoaster for cancer and it is for the rest of your life. It is always at the back of your mind.”

Kylie is determined to #forkcancer and wants to raise vital funds towards more research to save lives.

“No one knows why or how Jonathon’s cancer developed. This is why we need to know more about cancer and raise funds for researchers to improve our outcomes,” Kylie said.

With the cause so close to her heart, Kylie’s Longest Table included her family and friends who enjoyed a lunch with pasta on the menu.

“I really wanted to do something that Jonathon could be part of and The Longest Table is exactly that,” Kylie said.

“Jonathon’s fighting spirit saw him through a six hour operation and thankfully he is now two years cancer free. We feel so blessed and grateful for the outcome because we know this isn’t the case for everyone.”