Dear Jett and Levi,
You’d be so proud of your Daddy. You’re only three and one years old but I’m writing this now because I want it to be one of the very first things you ever read when you learn how.
Your Daddy was so brave. Thousands of people around Australia know his name – for a very very good reason that he’ll never even know about.
He was very sick with a nasty disease called melanoma. He fought it for a very long time – for 15 years, ever since Mummy and Daddy first met.
The magic medicine to stop him from being so sick was really, really expensive. The medicine had a funny name, ‘Keytruda.’ It costed so much money that we couldn’t afford it, not even one dose.
Daddy didn’t think it was fair that people with lots of money could get the medicine but families like ours couldn’t. He kept saying this over and over again and telling important people. Nobody was listening to him and he started to run out of time. He starting getting really sick again and going back to hospital, where the nee-nor ambulance took him. He needed the magic medicine more quickly than the important people would let him have it.
So he used the laptop that Mummy sometimes lets you play with. On it, he started something called a petition. On the petition, he included a picture of you and him, Jett. Then he wrote why he thought it was unfair that the medicine that could make him get better costed so much money. Especially because other countries let people with Daddy’s type of cancer have the medicine for free, or not much money at all!
Daddy wasn’t sure if anyone would listen to him and his petition. But then something big happened.
Lots and lots and lots of people signed his petition - 172,000 people. That’s more than one hundred times the number of people who go to your whole school!
Levi, you were in Mummy’s tummy when Daddy did this and nearly ready to come out! He got really really poorly when Mummy’s tummy was getting big with you inside it. Even though he could have just stopped his petition and rested in bed, he didn’t. He kept on fighting for the medicine to be lots cheaper because he knew something.