Town in teen’s corner

Sam JonesNorth West Telegraph
Kyron and his family took to facebook to thank all those who donated.
Camera IconKyron and his family took to facebook to thank all those who donated. Credit: Picture: Jaymi Ajis

The Port Hedland community has once again united in hard times, with a fundraiser launched to help a young local teen who was recently diagnosed with a rare blood cancer exceeding its initial goal within two days.

Kyron Dhu, 16, was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma at Royal Perth Hospital after experiencing severe pain and excessive inflammation level in the holiday period.

Kyron now requires ongoing treatment at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, resulting in his family, including two young brothers, moving to Perth to be with him throughout the fight.

Set up by Kyron’s relative Melanie Tavo, the fundraiser initially aimed to raise $10,000, but after being up for just two days, the total had far surpassed the goal, sitting at $32,000 at time of print.

Kyron’s mother Jaymi Ajis said the community support had helped ease a tough situation, and Kyron was soldiering on through his treatment.

She said Kyron was soldiering on through his treatment.

“We were so surprised to have the community rally around us and really just want to say thank you to everyone,” she said.

“I know Kyron is popular at school and plays a lot of sport, so he’s known around town, but this level of support has really blown us away.”

Ms Tavo thanked all who had donated with a post on the Facebook group.

“On behalf of Kyron and the whole family we can not thank you all enough for the absolutely massive show of support reflected in the comments, sharing and donations,” she said.

“We will be closing the Go Fund Me page and in the near future hope to organise some community fundraising to support the Sir Charles Gairdner Youth Cancer Centre as Kyron’s way of paying it forward.”

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