The CCIA logo began as a photograph of Joshua Barry who, at age 16 months, two months after a series of vague symptoms, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma.
By the time Joshua was diagnosed, the cancer had spread from his adrenal gland, the site at which neuroblastoma begins to grow, and was very close to major blood vessels. Although Joshua's doctors removed most of the tumour, they couldn't remove all of it.
He was started on an intensive chemotherapy regimen but, unfortunately, two months into treatment, his body could no longer cope. While the treatment was killing the cancer cells, it was also killing his white blood cells, making him unable to fight off infection.
Joshua became so sick that the doctors treating him needed to stop his chemotherapy. Within the short period of time that the treatment ceased, Joshua's tumour had grown again, only this time, it had mutated into something the doctors had never seen before and was growing rapidly.
Joshua passed away just before his second birthday. His mother, Kathryn, asked to share her story to help CCIA raise awareness of the reality of childhood cancer and help us to raise vital funds needed to achieve our mission of finding a cure for all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering.
Joshua's image, our logo, was taken by a Sydney Morning Herald photographer in the corridor at Sydney Children's Hospital while he was playing with a toy aeroplane one day. It was seen by staff at CCIA and became a symbol that drives our passionate researchers to find a cure for childhood cancer.