Bega 2yo diagnosed with aggressive form of leukaemia

Chayse Gannon, 2, is at Royal Children's Hospital in Sydney after a leukaemia diagnosis this week. Pictures: Supplied
Chayse Gannon, 2, is at Royal Children's Hospital in Sydney after a leukaemia diagnosis this week. Pictures: Supplied

The grandmother of a two-year-old boy diagnosed with leukaemia this week is thanking the community for their incredible and immediate support.

Only two years old, Chayse Gannon was on Monday diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

His parents, Daniel and Graycen from Bega are at his bedside in Royal Children's Hospital in Sydney where it's expected he will have to stay for several months to undergo aggressive chemotherapy.

Graycen's mother Rachael Bush, of Eden, is also in Sydney and said she was so grateful for the incredible response to a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend.

Chayse with father Daniel Gannon

Chayse with father Daniel Gannon

The page was created by Kat Brown on Wednesday and in two days has already raised more than $9000 to go towards the Gannons' medical and accommodation bills.

"Graycen feels bad they are doing it and about asking for help, but I am telling her she has to be proud of what the community is doing," Ms Bush told the Bega District News on Friday.

"Life for Graycen and Daniel stopped on Sunday night when we came up here. And I'm mentally wrecked.

"But I wanted to really want to thank the people, the whole community for their support. I'm not surprised though as this is what our community does.

"Somebody took that step that we couldn't do [of creating a fundraising page] and we're so grateful."

Having a two-year-old boy with such a devastating diagnosis is bad enough, but Ms Bush said only seven months ago, her son, Graycen's brother, died from the same form of aggressive cancer.

Chayse has had a shunt inserted in his chest ahead of chemotherapy.

Chayse has had a shunt inserted in his chest ahead of chemotherapy.

"It's not supposed to be hereditary, but now they are trying to find any link," she said.

On Sunday morning, February 11, Chayse woke up with swollen ankles and huge bruises all up his legs.

Graycen and Daniel took him straight to the emergency department at South East Regional Hospital, where, after blood tests, the paediatrician called for Chayse to be taken to Royal Children's Hospital in Sydney immediately.

On Monday he underwent a lumbar puncture and bone marrow biopsy, with the results "turning the Gannons' life upside down".

"We have to get through this as best we can," Ms Bush said. "But we are just so grateful for everyone's support."

Chayse with his little brother Cohen, six months.

Chayse with his little brother Cohen, six months.

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