Brave Colac boy battles disease

Colac's Mitchell Johnstone, 2, while he battles leukaemia.

Colac’s Mitchell Johnstone, 2, while he battles leukaemia.

A Colac family should be celebrating the arrival of their new son, but are instead juggling hospital visits for chemotherapy and breast feeding.

Two-year-old Mitchell Johnstone received a leukaemia diagnosis on August 7, when his new brother Archie was only six weeks old.

Mitchell requires aggressive leukaemia treatment after his first phase of treatment showed he was high risk and he had developed a brain clot.

The clot on Mitchell’s brain has complicated his treatment and he is at a high risk of infections which often forces him back into hospital.

Mitchell’s parents Mary and Alex have ended their Colac rental lease and moved the family to a serviced apartment in North Melbourne to be close to the Royal Children’s Hospital while Mitchell receives treatment.

The Colac community has rallied to support the Johnstones and the Support Sienna cause, which was set up for the family of Birregurra’s Sienna Leeson who is also battling cancer, had raised money through selling “Senny’s Sweets”.

Mary said the family was grateful for the support from everyone which was unexpected and it had made the battle slightly easier.

People wanting to support Mitchell and his family can visit https://www.mycause.com.au/page/136350/mitchells-brave-leukaemia-battle to donate money.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

Mary and Alex Johnstone with their sons Archie, four months, and Mitchell, 2, have moved to Melbourne while Mitchell battles leukaemia.

Mary and Alex Johnstone with their sons Archie, four months, and Mitchell, 2, have moved to Melbourne while Mitchell battles leukaemia.

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