At the tender age of five, Seth was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL), a rare disease that most commonly affects children. Because the disease progresses quickly, his treatment began soon after diagnosis.
For three and a half years, Seth underwent intensive chemotherapy at Monash Children’s Hospital. He was constantly in and out of hospital for various immune related problems, infections or side effects from treatment. This meant that he missed out on a lot of school and social events.
Despite these challenges, Seth remained steadfast in his courage and positivity, and always had a smile on his face.
Now, at ten years of age and in remission, he lives a happy, active life.
“I like basketball, riding my bike, swimming, playing Pokémon and doing things with my mum, dad and my sister Holly,” he said.
He’s also made the decision to participate in his first ever Stadium Stomp with family and friends, as part of ‘Team Stomping with Seth’.
His mum Nikki participated in two Stadium Stomps in the past, with Seth keenly watching from the sidelines. This time, Seth gets to join her.
“There are ten of us in the team at the moment including me, my sister Holly and my friend Ryan. We will be doing the Junior Stomp and the others are doing the full course. “
Junior Stomp is designed to be more suitable for younger participants (5-12 years) and follows Stomp’s short-course, covering approximately 1900 steps on Level 1 of the ‘G.
So on Sunday the 18th of June at Melbourne Cricket Ground, along with mum, Seth and his team mates will be taking on the Junior Stomp.
The Leukaemia Foundation is the proud charity partner for Stadium Stomp. Funds raised for the Foundation will go towards vital research and providing Australian families facing a diagnosis of blood cancer with accommodation, transport and practical and emotional support.