Damian Warmington, Barry Candy, Joshua Ruane and Liam Philips attended the surprise Isis State School Prom for Joshua. Photo: contributed
Damian Warmington, Barry Candy, Joshua Ruane and Liam Philips attended the surprise Isis State School Prom for Joshua. Photo: contributed contributed

Cancer won’t dampen fun of school formal

THE word of an early prom for a young man who has leukaemia spread fast across Childers and the students and community banded together to give him a night to remember.

Joshua (Josh) Ruane was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in 2013 and underwent treatment which led him to remission. Now he has been told the cancer is back and he would have to undergo another bone marrow transplant as soon as possible.

Josh's mother Colleen Ruane said she was sitting in the hospital room with her son when they realised he wouldn't make the end-of-year school celebration.

She said school friends asked what they could do to help and that's when it was decided to throw a surprise prom for the 17-year-old.

Mrs Ruane said Friday night's event came together with the help from Sheryl Mimmo and all the teenagers went out of their way to make the night special for her son.

"They all dressed in suits and really went to a lot of effort," Mrs Ruane said.

"I told Josh to dress up and we would go to dinner because he would miss out on his prom, we organised for him to be picked up in a Buick.

"It was held at The Apple Tree Creek Hotel and the kids organised a DJ - there was a lot of thought and I want to thank all those involved in making his night so special."

Ms Mimmo said the peers did a wonderful job at setting up the surprise and they all looked a million dollars. And there was a lot of help from the community.

Josh said he was a little nervous when he saw what was set up all for him and he wanted to thank everyone involved.

"I was definitely surprised and grateful I didn't miss out," he said.

Josh left his Cordalba home yesterday and will spend the next six months in Brisbane after his second bone marrow transplant takes place.

Mrs Ruane said with Josh's leukaemia doctors searched the world for a match and only his brother Stephen was found to be close enough to donate.

"It's the second and last time Stephen can donate to Josh - there's always a chance it can come back but we are staying positive that this time it won't," she said.

Stephen Ruane, 22, said he was grateful the community rallied together to give his brother an early formal and even though people often said he was a hero for donating stem cells he would do anything for his brother just as the community did at the weekend.



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