Ned Osborne has made his dream of basketball selection come true. The 11-year-old has come a long way since being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in October.IVY WISE August 18, 2014 3:51am
When Ned Osborne was diagnosed with leukaemia 10 months ago, his goal was to get better in time to make the Echuca basketball squad this year.
Last week, 11-year-old Ned achieved his goal of making the Echuca under 14s Pirates team.
‘‘I’m so relieved,’’ he said.
Mum Jaki said her son made the team last year, but only played one game before he was diagnosed.
‘‘He was really upset,’’ she said.
‘‘His whole goal all along has been to get better so he could make the squad, so we’re all pretty rapt.’’
Training starts in a few weeks, before the games start in October.
Ned will also play in the four-day basketball jamboree in Echuca next month.
The Echuca Primary (208) School student has come a long way since being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in October, describing it as crazy, scary and challenging.
Three months of chemotherapy was followed by three weeks of radiotherapy at the Royal Children’s Hospital, which finished in March.
‘‘His treatment has finished and he just takes a tablet a day,’’ Mrs Osborne said.
Tomorrow, Ned will have his three-month check-up, which will involve a blood test, PET scan and heart and lung tests.
‘‘They won’t say he’s cured until five years, so he is in remission,’’ Mrs Osborne said.
Although he was easily tired after physical activity, Ned was just happy to feel ‘‘normal’’ again, she said.
‘‘He loves being back at school and not being Ned the cancer kid,’’ she said.
‘‘His hair has also grown back, which he is really happy about.
‘‘He is getting better each week.’’
Looking back on the past 10 months, Mrs Osborne said it was hard to believe what the family had been through.
‘‘It’s like a big blur,’’ she said.
‘‘But when I look back, I just feel so lucky that we had family in Melbourne and so much help from the (Echuca-Moama) community, otherwise Brent (husband) wouldn’t have been able to come down as much.
‘‘That’s why it is so important for people to buy daffodils and support Daffodil Day because not everyone is as lucky as we were and need more help.’’
Merchandise is available at various businesses or online at www.facebook.com/daffodildayaustralia
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