Adam heads Relay for Life
AT the tender age of four, little Adam Schreiweis has already battled cancer and won.
But it came at a price.
The happy-go-lucky four-yearold Gracemere boy is not expected to walk again after a tumour squashed his upper spine.
Parents Daryl and Brenda said Adam had walked for about six months before they noticed something was wrong in 2003.
They said while Adam had been sick since he was two, they only discovered something was wrong when he started stumbling and could no longer walk within a day.
Adam was soon diagnosed with a life-threatening Ewing Sarcoma tumour in July, 2003, and had months of chemotherapy and radium treatment.
"Life as it was had changed. I couldn't believe it. I thought it (cancer) only happened to people over 40,'' Daryl said.
Brenda said all signs were showing that Adam had beaten the tumour, but would probably face a life-time of check-ups.
"He's accepted how it is.
"Down the track he may ask questions, but for now he's going to preschool and loving it.''
While the pair were unsure if Adam knew what he had been through, he piped up with "I'm better, I'm better'' during the interview as he rolled playfully on the lounge room floor.
Adam has been named as this year's face of Rockhampton's Relay for Life and will lead the survivor's lap of honour despite being wheel-chaired bound.
The annual event, on May 20, raises funds for the Queensland Cancer Fund. For details, visit: www.qldcancer.com.au/Fundraising/RelayforLifeForm.html