Charity walk for Brye

Jarrad with baby Kellan, Inara (1), Nate (5) with a photo of baby Brye, and Naomi Coxon. Picture: Louise White www.communitypix.com.au d409467
Jarrad with baby Kellan, Inara (1), Nate (5) with a photo of baby Brye, and Naomi Coxon. Picture: Louise White www.communitypix.com.au d409467

They will raise money for Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and remember little Brye Coxon who lost his battle with childhood cancer in 2011.

Brye was six-months-old when he passed away just six weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancerous tumour on his kidney.

His parents Naomi and Jarrad Coxon, along with his three siblings and grandparents, are members of Team Brye.

The money they raise will go toward PMH’s oncology ward.

Mr Coxon said the family knew something was wrong the day after Australia Day in 2011, when he noticed Brye had a swollen abdomen.

‘We took Brye to our local GP who couldn’t offer a diagnosis but said something wasn’t right, so we jumped in the car and took him straight to PMH,’ he said.

‘Within a week Brye had surgery to remove the tumour and his left kidney, which despite initial reassurances turned out to be a malignant Rhabdoid tumour.’

After battling the cancer with rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, little Brye developed life-threatening complications and passed away just six weeks after diagnosis.

‘The type of cancer Brye had was unfortunately one of those rare cancers we still don’t know much about, and which will take time for researchers to better understand,’ Mr Coxon said.

‘This is what we’ve been dealt, so from our perspective we give back when we can, and that’s why we’re doing the Big Walk, because every little bit of fundraising counts.’

For more information about the Big Walk or to register, visit www.bigwalk.com. au