Casino’s Transton family, from left, Rebecca, Olivia, Michaela, Brett and Samantha, are taking part in this year’s Relay for Life at Casino on April 30 and May 1. They have taken part in every relay held in Casino.
Casino’s Transton family, from left, Rebecca, Olivia, Michaela, Brett and Samantha, are taking part in this year’s Relay for Life at Casino on April 30 and May 1. They have taken part in every relay held in Casino. Doug Eaton

Survivor relays message of hope

OLIVIA Transton, 10, is living proof a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence.

The happy, healthy girl, who has become a beacon of hope to cancer patients, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia when she was just six weeks old.

Parents Brett and Rebecca Transton, of Casino, were told by specialists their tiny baby girl only had four days to live when she was rushed by helicopter to hospital in Brisbane.

The couple packed up their two older daughters, Michaela and Samantha, who were just five and three at the time, and followed the helicopter to Brisbane, not knowing how long they would have with their baby daughter.

The family didn’t return to Casino until six months later.

Against all odds, Olivia not only survived the leukaemia, but she came through the debilitating chemotherapy treatments with no apparent lasting side effects.

Ten years later and Olivia remains well.

The Transton family will spread their message of hope by taking part in next month’s Casino Relay for Life at Queen Elizabeth Park on April 30 and May 1.

A team information night about the Relay for Life will be held at the Casino RSM Club today at 6pm.

Call 6627 0300 or visit www.relay.cancercouncil.com.au for details or to register.



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