After countless visits to the pediatrician, on July 4 2012, Adrian’s parents, Nick and Bernadette, rushed Adrian to Sydney’s Children’s Hospital in Randwick.


The next day they received the devastating news that Adrian had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Intermediate risk. 

Within 48 hours, chemotherapy started and during the next 6 months Adrian endured 8 rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the primary tumour located on one of his adrenal glands. Bernadette, Adrian's Mum


Treatment finished in January 2013 whereby the doctors monitored his remaining residual tumour through 3 monthly scans for the first year. But that’s not where his neuroblastoma journey or treatment ended.

Unfortunately, in June 2015, Adrian relapsed. Treatment once again started immediately this time with the high-risk protocol which consisted of 10 rounds of chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, 14 sessions of radiation to his neck, 5 sessions of immunotherapy and an additional 14 sessions of radiation to the left eye orbit. Adrian completed his treatment on November 2016 whereby he remained with some traces of neuroblastoma behind his left eye orbit. In February 2017 the family received the wonderful news that Adrian was clear of disease.

In May 2017, scans showed once again there was a recurrence and Adrian took part in a clinical trial of DFMO. After 12 cycles of treatment, over 15 months, Adrian had another scan and he and his family received the wonderful and life-changing news that the scans showed no evidence of neuroblastoma.

Adrian has fought each stage of his 7 years of treatment with determination. 

Adrian and his supporters take part in Run2Cure Neuroblastoma each year under the inspiring banner of Adrian’s Army. 

More information

Neuroblastoma Australia funds vital research into new treatments for children with neuroblastoma. Find out how you can get involved here.