Zoe was just three years old when her childhood became overshadowed by leukaemia. By the time she started kindergarten, her hair had already fallen out due to chemotherapy – twice.
It was a terrible time, recalls Zoe’s mum, Charlotte, made only worse by the fact Zoe was targeted at school with hurtful remarks about her short hair.
“There were comments like, ‘Why is that boy wearing a dress?’ Zoe used to get really upset,” Charlotte tells Camp Quality.
Friendship with the Camp Quality Puppets
Luckily, Zoe had a secret weapon: her friendship with the Camp Quality Puppets.
Zoe met the puppets while receiving treatment in hospital, and now – thanks to the generosity of Camp Quality supporters – they were coming to her school.
In a fun and interactive show, the puppets were able to give Zoe’s classmates important cancer education as part of Camp Quality’s Primary School Cancer Education Program.
The puppets explained to Zoe’s classmates everything that she had been through with leukaemia, and how they could be a good friend.
Children were also able to ask questions about cancer in an open and friendly environment. Importantly, the puppets taught the students – you can’t catch cancer!
Thanks to their visit, Charlotte says the community “rallied around” Zoe and she was able to settle into school life and make new friends.
Help Kids Facing Cancer at School
But, sadly, many schools around the country are missing out on this vital cancer education. Kids like Zoe are experiencing bullying and exclusion due to their cancer experience.
It’s a double blow for kids who have been through so much; cancer already forces children to suffer, and it’s cruel that some kids facing cancer also experience bullying at school.
No child should have to endure this – and, thankfully, they don’t have to. Camp Quality’s free travelling puppet show visits primary schools and pre-schools across Australia upon request.
So, will you donate today to help more kids like Zoe?
Tragically, no-one can stop children from getting cancer. But we can make sure they don’t suffer at school because of it.