About Us

We have two very important priorities: support the child and support the family. Parents who feel supported, heard and hopeful are better able to help their child through cancer treatment.

Support for the child

We run many programs to delight, surprise, entertain and support our Bravery Boxers.

Team T-Shirts

When we launched our team T-Shirts in 2018, we could not have predicted how meaningful they were going to become.

Children proudly wear their “This is what BRAVE looks like” shirt when they want to celebrate their courage and when they need to find a little extra bravery. 

Some very special Bravery Boxers have worn their shirts during their end of life and at their funerals.

The shirts have become deeply cherished.

Rewards Program

The rewards program at Queensland Children’s Hospital is where our charity began and is often the most remembered part of treatment for a child in Queensland. When a child undergoes a painful or confronting procedure, they are offered a reward from the Bravery Box. This is literally a box of goodies – toys, gift cards, games, all manner of gifts, donated by the public.

The rewards are more meaningful than a prize for a ‘job well done’. This program helps children look forward to going to hospital by giving them an exciting non-medical focus to their day. It allows them to practice recovery – that moment from ‘this is awful’ to ‘I’m OK now’. The better a child becomes at recovery, the easier a medically complicated life can be for them. This program helps a child with cancer feel deeply supported by their community at a time that can feel intensely isolating. 

Family Support

It is important for families to feel understood, heard and supported during a childhood cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

A family’s story does not end when treatment does.

As the parent of a child with cancer, having connections and friendships with other parents in the same boat is important.

We provide resources to help a family learn skills to navigate this new normal.

Our Humble Beginnings…

In April 2017 6 year-old Lara Allan was diagnosed with Leukaemia and began what would become 800 days of chemotherapy and other drug protocols.

Lara had grown up watching her mum Tanya, a swim coach, teach a water anxiety program for children with moderate to severe water anxiety. The program deeply respected a child’s feelings ‘it makes sense to be scared’, ‘fear is completely normal’… ‘let’s admit that we are afraid and do it anyway’. The program was child led and would fiercely celebrate the bravery it required to achieve each milestone. Lara, who loves to swim, would often be in the water, supporting anxious children.

When Lara began treatment, it became clear to Tanya that the skills her daughter had learnt helping anxious children learn to swim gifted her daughter some very effective coping strategies for cancer treatment. Lara would calm her breath control to allow for invasive medical procedures, she would be scared and put that aside and they would celebrate Lara’s wins and her milestones.

At the time, there was a prize box, called a Bravery Box on ward at what was then Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. It was there as a reward when a child needed a little help with medical compliance or when they’d been particularly brave during a painful procedure. It was sometimes generously stocked by oncology families, nurses, support staff and doctors and at times it ran low on supplies.

Tanya considered the rewards program beautifully simple – it helped encourage a child through medical compliance and it helped a child practice recovery, that moment from ‘oh my, this is awful’ to ‘I’m better now’. For the Bravery Box to be fully effective, it needed to be consistent.

Tanya and her husband David announced a toy drive in November 2017 and called it ‘The Bravery Box’ and have been overwhelmed ever since with the generosity of the community.

The rewards program has since developed to include outpatient and inpatient at Queensland Children’s Hospital. Bravery Box have grown into a charity working with children with cancer and their families, providing support, understanding and a little bit of sunshine in some of their darkest days.

Lara finished treatment in July 2019 and is now a proud ambassador for Bravery Box.

 

Help kids and teen with cancer have joyful moments, and families feel connected and supported.

Our funds also support the big beautiful brains researching kids cancer, because no child should ever have to be ‘cancer brave.’ All donations above $2 are tax deductable. Yay!

Our Partners

Arana Hills Physio

Arana Hills Physiotherapy

Little Big Swim School

Tanya Allan

Woollam Construction

Recap Media

Canary Lane

Snaptured

Pixel Palace

Residential Fire Sprinklers

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