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Grateful mum happy to help hospital fundraiser

LITTLE FIGHTER: Madelyne Grange is leading a healthy life after recovering from a tumour on her kidney, which was discovered when she was 18-months old. She is featured on a token that you can buy at Woolworth’s, with the money going towards the Rockhampton Hospital.
LITTLE FIGHTER: Madelyne Grange is leading a healthy life after recovering from a tumour on her kidney, which was discovered when she was 18-months old. She is featured on a token that you can buy at Woolworth’s, with the money going towards the Rockhampton Hospital. Tracy Hardy Photography

IT was a moment that Janelle Grange will never forget.

Her heart sank when she found a lump on the stomach of her 18-month-old baby girl.

Her daughter Madelyne had been screaming in pain at night and the reason was soon to be revealed.

Janelle and her husband Matthew drove straight to the emergency department at Rockhampton Hospital where Madelyne was diagnosed with Wilm's tumour, a cancer of the kidneys.

"(Staff) did an ultrasound and we could see a tumour the size of a grapefruit on her kidney, she had multiple tumours," the mother-of-six said.

For the Grange family, the next nine months would be the toughest of their lives.

Janelle was at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane while Madelyne underwent chemotherapy to shrink the tumour before an operation could be performed.

The full-time mum said it was a challenge keeping the family functioning, with a business to run and five kids, including a newborn, at home in Central Queensland.

"It was my mother that was a godsend and moved into our home to help," Janelle said. "Maddy had to come first."

Madelyne had a kidney removed and underwent chemotherapy treatment in Brisbane and Rockhampton.

It was all worth it.

She is now back on her feet and causing mischief like any other four-year-old.

You can hear the smile in Janelle's voice as she explains that her daughter is doing well.

"She likes getting into my creams and painting on my walls, she's catching up for the lost time in hospital," she said. "Her and the baby of the family are 13 months apart so they've become partners in crime."

Madelyne is featured on a token that can be purchased at Woolworths for $2, with money raised benefiting the children's ward at the Rockhampton Hospital.

Janelle is hoping the community will help give back to the hospital that helped them through their darkest days.

"I'd do anything to help them out, they saved my little girl," Janelle said.

RAISING FUNDS

  • Tokens with Madelyne Grange's photo are being sold at Woolworths for $2 Madelyne Grange's photo
  • Write a message of hope to kids in hospital on the token that will then be displayed in-store
  • Money will go towards buying life-saving equipment the children's ward at the Rockhampton Hospital via The Children's Hospital Foundation


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