Hero Hunter Foundation: Hillcrest Primary students dress up for young cancer battler’s life

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The West Australian Perth Now Click to open navigation ‌‌ News Chevron Down Icon Breaking News Western Australia National World Technology Opinion Weather Sport Chevron Down Icon AFL Cricket Soccer Basketball Tennis NRL Rugby Motor Racing MMA Golf Netball Cycling Entertainment Chevron Down Icon Confidential Movies Best Short Film Television Music Reviews Books Competitions Business Chevron Down Icon Breaking News Economy Markets Property Commercial Property Workplace Matters Lifestyle Chevron Down Icon Food Personal Finance Health Parenting Fashion Travel Home & Garden Relationships Stars Real Estate HUH? Local News Chevron Down Icon North Central South Mandurah Competitions Find My Paper Digital Editions Shop Now Read your local paperNews to your inbox Breaking News Western Australia National World Technology Opinion Weather Camera IconThousands of superheroes descended on Perth on Friday all because of one heroic boy — Hunter Madden. Students Maddie Duggan, 11, Hannah Vincent, 11, Noah Tipene, 9, Flynn James, 9, and Liam Dunstan, 11.Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian Hero Hunter Foundation: Hillcrest Primary students dress up for young cancer battler’s life Claire SadlerThe West Australian March 22, 2024 1:05PM Comments TopicsWA NewsHealth Thousands of superheroes descended on Perth on Friday all because of one heroic boy — Hunter Madden. Hunter battled acute lymphoblastic leukaemia for over five years, dealing with three relapses and gruelling treatment, before the disease sadly took his life in September when he was just eight years old. Hunter’s mother Kate Madden remembers him as an “incredible boy”. “I think that kids that go through this sort of thing that Hunter went through are so mature for their age,” she said. TheNightly Get in front of tomorrow’s news for FREE Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.READ NOW “He was kind, funny, and compassionate. He was an incredible boy, full of life, love and adventure.” The tragic outcome for Hunter can’t be changed but his parents started the Hero Hunter Foundation in his honour after realising they had an incredible support network throughout, which not all do. The not-for-profit helps carers keep on top of the everyday tasks — including providing fuel vouchers, food on hospital wards, and cleaning services — while dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis.Camera IconFlynn James, 9, Noah Tipene, 9, Liam Dunstan, 11, Maddie Duggan, 11, Phoebe Madden, 3, Dave Madden, (Hunter’s father), Kate Bettenay (Hunter’s mother), Zac Madden 8, Evie Abbot, 8, Hannah Vincent, 11, and Layken Collins, 9. Hillcrest Primary School students dressed as their favourite hero in support of childhood cancer families for Hero Hunter Day. The day celebrates the courage of kids fighting cancer and honours the life of Hunter Madden, a student at Hillcrest Primary, who heroically fought leukaemia for five years. Hunter sadly died at eight years old in 2021. Danella Bevis Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian “I was really seeing a gap in the services available for the carers of children,” Mrs Madden said. “There was no background support for the everyday things that keep on going even after a terrible diagnosis like childhood cancer. “We want the Hero Hunter Foundation to be the village that supports the carers so they’re in their best physical and mental space to then be able to care for their children.” Hero Hunter Day, celebrated on March 22 this year, celebrates the courage and resilience of children fighting cancer while raising much-needed funds for their families.Camera IconHillcrest Primary School students dressed as their favourite hero in support of childhood cancer families for Hero Hunter Day, pictured are the school’s students gathering for a group photo with Hunter Madden’s parents Dave Madden, Kate Bettenay and his sister Phoebe, 3, and brother Zac, 8, in the foreground. Hero Hunter Day celebrates the courage of kids fighting cancer, it also honours the life of Perth schoolboy Hunter Madden, a student at Hillcrest Primary, who heroically fought leukaemia for five years. Hunter sadly died at eight years old in 2021. Danella Bevis Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian In just three years, the day has grown to schools, workplaces, and gyms across the State dressing up as superheroes and for the first time iconic landmarks in the city will be lighting up green to celebrate the heroic kids fighting cancer. With Hunter’s birthday coming up on April 1, Mrs Madden said the Hero Hunter Day was her way of celebrating his life and showing people how special he was. “I obviously would do absolutely anything to have my son back, without a doubt, but I can’t do that,” she said. “I get to hug my two earth-side children and then I get to show Hunter’s love through his charity. “I’m so proud of what he’s done and that he’s really making a difference for these families that are going through what we went through.” Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email Us Copy the Link Register and have your say. Register to comment Already have an account? Log in Sign up nowGet in The Game now! 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