Brave Bundy boy spent 10 months in hospital battling cancer
WHEN eight-year-old Tyler Goulding runs amok at home with that boundless energy that young boys seem to have in abundance, his mum can't help but smile.
You see it's a far cry from when the then two-year-old Coral Cove boy was diagnosed with cancer and spent most of his days in hospital.
"He was diagnosed with cancer on his second birthday," mum Sara Goulding said.
"We had to go to Brisbane for 10 months for treatment. We were allowed to go home after five months but had to keep going back to Brisbane for the next five months."
The diagnosis took its toll on the family, including father Craig and Tyler's doting older brother Caleb but they took strength in Tyler. Mrs Goulding said it was a torrid time and without the support of the Children's Hospital Foundation, who often provided respite from the daily hospital grind, believed it would have been a lot worse.
"Hospitals can be boring and frustrating," she said.
"The foundation provides so much help like music therapy. They sang songs to Tyler so I could go out and have a shower."
Tyler still has to visit the hospital every six months for scans of the residual tumour on his spine.
"They don't want to do a biopsy because it is digging into his back muscles," Mrs Goulding said. "Because of the radiation, he's going to be short."
That hasn't stopped Tyler from becoming as energetic and cheeky as the new family pup Matilda.
"That is Tyler. He is a real character and a funny little boy," Mrs Goulding said.
Tyler is the face of the Children's Hospital Foundation's Regional Wall Tokens campaign throughout Woolworth stores in the region. The campaign encourages shoppers to purchase a $2 wall token. This year, it hopes to raise more than $500,000, with 100% of the money raised in the Bundaberg region going to the children's ward at the Bundaberg Hospital.
With the campaign in its third week, and his face adorning the tokens, Tyler has achieved a celebrity status among his Woongarra State School class mates.
"He is starting to love it now," she said. "Just seeing him alive is everything for us."