LITTLE CHAMPS: Lochlan Zanatta and his sister Issy are ready for the pirate-themed fundraiser on Sunday.
LITTLE CHAMPS: Lochlan Zanatta and his sister Issy are ready for the pirate-themed fundraiser on Sunday. Contributed

Clermont pirate fun day for families with cancer

A SORE leg and a trip to the doctor turned into months of hospital trips, treatment and heartache.

Lochlan Zanatta was five when he came home from school complaining of a sore leg in November 2011 and his mother Kris took him to the doctor.

"They sent him to Mackay the same day and within four days they worked out he had leukaemia and put him on a plane to Brisbane," Kris said.

"We thought we'd be away for a couple of days but it turned out to be nine months."

The Zanatta family was given a step up by an organisation providing self-contained accommodation for families with children with cancer, Childhood Cancer Support.

"They pay for everything - we didn't have to pay rent or electricity. It takes that extra weight off your mind," Kris said.

"It's a wonderful organisation."

Lochlan is now seven and has been undergoing treatment for the past 17 months in Mackay and Brisbane.

Kris said although they still have a long way to go for recovery, her son is doing well.

"You wouldn't even know he had cancer. His diagnosis group has a 90% chance of recovery," she said.

The Zanatta family is holding a scavenger car rally hunt in Clermont on Sunday morning to raise money for the families staying in Childhood Cancer Support accommodation.

The family event is pirate-themed, so everyone is encouraged to put their best hook forward and win some prizes. The scavenger hunt will begin at 10am at the Centenary Park on the lagoon, with registration at 9.30am.

Cost is $20 per vehicle or $5 per person.


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