“Going through the treatment, trying to keep a four year old at that stage occupied is quite hard.”
During these many long hours, the team from the Back on Track program would come and sit with Chase and go through different learning activities.
Kelly explains, “They would do kindergarten activities with Chase. Getting him ready for the little things he would be learning in kindergarten, he would be doing his letter recognition and numbers. I loved watching him when he started to learn to do different stuff.”
After completing treatment in March 2019, Chase has since settled into kinder after missing the first term. While he is not at the same level as his peers just yet the Back on Track team are working with Chase, Kelly and his kindergarten teacher to bring him up to speed.
“The Back on Track team is helping him more so now than what they had to initially when he did some of the work with them at the hospital.”
Funded through Footy Colours Day, the Back on Track program works to ensure children like Chase can reach their full education potential, and are not educationally disadvantaged by their illness.
Kelly highlights the importance of programs like Back on Track for Chase and other children like him.
“I don’t want him, for his life, forever having to try to catch up because of what he has been through.”
Kelly continues, “He sees kids that can write more words together than what he can and that’s what he wants and he’s already had so long of feeling not the same - without hair or without being able to run and with a central line coming from his body - it’s just important for him and other kids to feel normal again and amongst their peers not separate to their peers.”