Somewhere over the rainbow, Millie became cancer-free

ABOVE: Millie Trustum wears a t-shirt with her rainbow design on it.

Being cancer-free is something to shout about.

Or in 11 year old Millie Trustum’s case, something to inspire you to draw a rainbow.

Millie, from Tatham, was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma in late 2018. Her cancer became resistant to standard chemotherapy. 

She tried alternative chemotherapy treatments but it was when Millie had a bone marrow transplant from her sister that the cancer stopped spreading and she is now cancer free.

The three rainbows Millie designed, with help from graphic designer Andrea Castiglione, will raise awareness about childhood cancer research.

Millie’s awareness rainbows were selected by the Kids Cancer Project to be included on a whale tail statue as part of the Waterfront Whale Tales sculpture exhibition in Sydney.

The whale tales sculptures are displayed along a six kilometre trail around Sydney’s western harbour waterfront.

Millie’s Dad, Kevin Trustum said Millie was honoured her rainbows were chosen.

The colours of the rainbow represent the most common childhood cancers being leukemia and kidney cancer (orange), non-Hodgkin lymphoma (lime green), brain cancer (grey), Hodgkin lymphoma (purple) and sarcoma/bone cancer (yellow).

“The rainbows have a slogan that has been a symbol of Millie’s own cancer journey being: be brave, stay strong and have hope,” Mr Trustum said.

People can buy t-shirts and other items printed with Millie’s awareness rainbows online

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and as a cancer survivor, Millie along with her family raise funds for the Kids Cancer Project each September.

Millie’s rainbow design on the whale tale sculpture in Sydney. Photos: Contributed
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