4 â€˘ Riverland Weekly â€“ Thursday October 25, 2012
Barmera eight-year-old Gavin Centofanti has experienced cancer first hand and is urging people to...
Join Light the Night to raise funds FOR eight-year-old Gavin Centofanti and his family, this weekendâ€™s Light the Night Community Walk in Renmark is close to their hearts. Shortly after Gavin turned three years of age he became unwell and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The Barmera familyâ€™s lives were turned upside down when the realisation set in and Gavin was required to travel to Adelaide for treatment. â€œWe had to move to Adelaide for nine and a half months of intensive treatment, so it was a long time, and heâ€™s only just finished his treatment last May,â€? Gavinâ€™s mother Alex said. â€œWe had to move to Adelaide and leave family home, my other son had just turned five and it was his first week at school. â€œSo you are very torn and sometimes when your child is so sick and you canâ€™t do anything you just need people to be there for you. â€œBecause we ran our own business it made it even harder,
my husband had to be up here working and operating a business because we had to keep our people employed.â€? The Leukaemia Foundation came to the aid of the Centofanti family providing accommodation and help required. â€œPeople donâ€™t realise that when you have to move to Adelaide with a blood cancer that you need to sometimes live away from home,â€? Alex said. â€œThe accommodation that they (Leukaemia Foundation) are providing, they have units now but not enough, is a really big help to Riverland people.â€? Alex said Gavin is now in remission after three and a half years of treatment. â€œHeâ€™s completed his treatment and he doesnâ€™t have to go to Adelaide as often but he still has to have regular blood tests and checkups,â€? she said. â€œIt means that heâ€™s healthy and he has another five years until they say heâ€™s cured.â€? Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundationâ€™s inspir-
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CLOSING SOON Monday 29 October 2012
www.berribarmera.sa.gov.au DAVID BEATON - CEO
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