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16-year-old diagnosed with terminal cancer makes a wish

BIG DAY: The Make-a-Wish Foundation presented Euan Doss with his wish at Gympie’s Hungry Jack’s restaurant on Saturday. Euan, second from left at back, was joined by (standing) Paul and Ruth Doss, Konnel Doss, Elurie Doss, Drew Drake, Josh Wilson, Ty Butler, Matt Stephens, James Wagemaker and (kneeling) Karl Doss, Shirley and Errol Strong and Jack Carswell. Contributed
BIG DAY: The Make-a-Wish Foundation presented Euan Doss with his wish at Gympie’s Hungry Jack’s restaurant on Saturday. Euan, second from left at back, was joined by (standing) Paul and Ruth Doss, Konnel Doss, Elurie Doss, Drew Drake, Josh Wilson, Ty Butler, Matt Stephens, James Wagemaker and (kneeling) Karl Doss, Shirley and Errol Strong and Jack Carswell. Contributed

EUAN Doss thought he had beaten the bone cancer that caused him to miss a year of school while he underwent chemo therapy in Brisbane.

But yesterday, Euan and his family revealed that recent checks showed a chemo-resistant tumour which means his illness has been re-assessed as terminal.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation, which arranges special experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions, has made Euan's wish, for a five-day holiday with his family on Hamilton Island, come true.

The presentation was going to be in May, but doctors said to bring it forward.

And so, on Saturday, Euan gathered with family and friends at Gympie's Hungry Jack's restaurant, organised by Make-a-Wish volunteers Errol and Shirley Strong

The courageous high school student, 16 on Saturday-week, was matter-of-fact about his illness yesterday; so much so that his father Paul and mother Ruth don't know how he does it.

"He's my son and I'm very proud of him," Mr Doss said.

They were joined on Saturday by Euan's brothers Karl and Konnel, sister Elurie, Mr and Mrs Strong and mates Drew Drake, Josh Wilson, Ty Butler, Matt Stephens, James Wagemaker and Jack Carswell.

"We just want to say thank you to so many people," Mr Doss told The Gympie Times.

The Make-a-Wish people, they're wonderful," he said.

"There are so many charities people don't hear of.

"Most people haven't heard of the Childcare Cancer Support group, but they do a wonderful job.

"They got us self-contained accommodation at Herston, while Euan was having chemo. They found us everything except food and sometimes even that."

But most of their admiration goes to Euan.

"We break down, but he doesn't," Mr and Mrs Doss agreed.

Despite missing a year of school, Euan got an A and Bs in all his other subject last year.

Gympie Times

Topics:  cancer, gympie, make a wish foundation




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