Raffi Verrocchi's Leukaemia Journey

By Raffi Verrocchi

No one can prepare you for the day a Doctor sits you down and explains to you that your child has a form of cancer. An experience no family should ever have to face. 

Nevertheless, if that day ever eventuates for your family, you can be assured that the experts at The Royal Children’s Hospital provides all children diagnosed with Cancer, overwhelming support and encouragement to one day share their very own courageous story. 

This is Raffi’s journey.

On December 11th 2020, our son Rafael Verrocchi was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

Whilst the diagnosis broke our hearts, The Royal Children’s hospital and in particular the Kookaburra Cancer Team instantly provided our family with the much needed comfort and support in kickstarting Raffi's treatment.

Nicky & I have always recognised the exceptional work undertaken by this institution, however, unless your child directly relies on the care, and support provided by The Royal Children's Hospital you simply don't understand the gravity of their work and the impact they instantly make on your lives. 

Despite Raffi's diagnosis, he is unquestionably one of the most fortunate children fighting this disease. Post Raffi’s initial and most intensive phase of his treatment, we can happily say he is now Leukaemia free with a very optimistic prognosis.

Notwithstanding this positive result, Raffi still has a long road of treatment ahead of him and is scheduled to finish his treatment in February 2023. With the ongoing support and dedication of the Doctors, Nurses, and Support Staff, they will each ensure Raffi’s journey is as enjoyable as possible for him in this early stage of life. 

As a family now heavily relying on the medical resources provided by the Hospital, please support us and our fundraising efforts to help make a difference to the community of sick kids and their families.

A community the Verrocchi Family is now a part of.

Any donation made to the Good Friday Appeal will make an incredible difference to the lives of kids like Raffi, and those who are not as fortunate.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, we sincerely appreciate your support.  

We will also continue to provide progress of Raffi’s treatment and his road to recovery via his dedicated fundraising page. 

 Lots of love, 

 Raffi Verrocchi + Family

Thank you to my Supporters

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Raff Ciccone

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Jackie Epstein

Sending love ❤️

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John Hanna

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Anna Sedek

Thinking of you Anna and Andrzej

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Djuro Vrankovic

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Mary & Bruno Colautti

Raffi, you're a CHAMP keep up the fight.

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Kylie & Evan

Get stronger every single day little guy!

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Tim Johnson

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Jaimee Rogers

You’re very brave, Raffi! Sending you all our love xx

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Lauren Moutafis

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Colasante & Demasi Family

Dear Raffi We pray that God will watch over you and guide your Doctors to ensure a totally successful recovery. All our love Zia Amelia, Uncle Nick, Philip, Jess, Nicholas, Patricia, Michael, Anthony and Luca.

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Ben Avramides

Stay strong little Raffi xo from the Avro fam

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Lauren Skorsis

The RCH is an exceptional facility that do so much great work for so many children. May God give you and your family strength, and may He be bless Raffi’s path. Sending lots of love and positivity xxx

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Kate Pattison

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Chris

You're very brave - you will beat this, I have faith in you!

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Jamie Xerri

Dear Raffi please be brave while you are regaining your health,the world is so much greater with you here to be a part of it and we all hope you have the bright future you deserve.

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Mono’s

You’re a star Raff. One tough cookie!

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Kurt Holtz

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Roslyn Gargiso

Sending lots of love and healing vibes your way.. xx

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Samadhi Retreat

❤️🙌❤️ sending our love and healing Raffi

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Anonymous

Love and Light always Xx

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Toula And Straty

sending you big hugs and kisses x

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Linda Harper

Speedy recovery!! Sending lots of love x Grace, Giselle & Linda ❤️

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Lisa C

Thinking of you all and sending you love and strength during this extremely difficult time!!

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Anonymous

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Michelle

💜💜💜💜

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Nadia Duffy

Thinking of you & wishing Raffi a speedy recovery X

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Suzy & Matt Phillips

Sending so much love & strength xx

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Laia Arino

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Deborah Sciffer

Good luck Raffi & family

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Geoff Mcfarlane

To Raffi, My daughter was 2 when diagnosed with Leukaemia, she had her treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital and she is now 32 with a family of her own, she has two healthy, fun loving boys. Your a trouper Raffi, stay strong and keep smiling, your in good hands.

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U S A K Sending The Best Wishes

You can do it mate! My cousin had it when she was about 5 and now she a very healthy lady with 3 healthy kids.

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George & Vicki Chiha

Sending love and strength 💙

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

💙💙💙

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Anonymous

You inspire is to be better!!! And brave as you are!

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Anonymous

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Cam Stockdale

Good Luck on your journey little fella 🙏🏼

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Ash Sachdev

All the best on beating this and ending this!!

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Hong Kong Global Team

Dear Matt, Nicole, Raffi & Family, Our very best wishes to you and Raffi, such a strong and brave little man, Lots of Love and Wishes Hong Kong Global Team

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Beth Crawford

Sending all our best wishes and well done on your incredible fundraising efforts. Raffi is a superstar! Lots of love - Beth, Nick, Harry and Lily x

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David Panayi And Mark Ruffels

You have all of our support you little legend xx

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Soula Venetis

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Vignone Family

We love you so much.❤️❤️

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Jake Hale

Hang in there champ your smashing it !!

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Louie & Ashleigh

Sending love and a speedy recovery Get better soon little man!

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The Frasers

Sending lots of love to your family and wishing you the best 💖

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Laura Colautti

Stay strong little man 💙💙

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Angelini Family

Stay strong Raffi. Sending love to you and your family

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Cara

Bless you brave Raffi - big love to you champ! xx

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Mello

Love you Raffi! Proud of you and your wonderful parents.

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Em Gillies

You got this Raffi. All our love

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Round Travel - Maria Vavala

Get Better, Stay Strong and Keep Smiling Raffi xxxx

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Fine Line Tattoos - Henry & Shay

Thinking of your all and sending all our love, the children’s has a special place in our heart ❤️ You’ve got this Raffi!!!

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Kyha Scott

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Dan And Drew Fairchild

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Justin & Helena Dowers

Very sorry to hear about little Raffi. Strength to you all 🙏🏼

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Bella N

All the best little Raffi ❤

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Luke Forté

Stay strong little man. You’ve got this! Love Luke, Soph and Aston xo

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Sophia Lazari

Best wishes to you all for a full recovery.Sending prayers to your beautiful family .

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Gabriela Verrocchi

So proud of you little superhero! 🦸🏻‍♂️✨❤️ We’re all right beside you every single step of the way. Love you so much Raffi! Love always, Cousin Gabs & Michael.xoxox

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Jordan And Virginia Muir

Keep fighting you brave little boy You have the best family in your corner Xo

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Alex And Mitch Xoxo

Sending all the love and strength xx

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Annette And Anthony May

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Jess, Jordy, Sunny & Allegra Catalano

To a speedy recovery xxx

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Scott Family

Dear Raffi, you are our hero and you have got this little champ 💪 Lots of love always, Byron, carolina, hugo and tommy xx

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Kelly Black

Raffi you little legend. Glad you are in the amazing hands of the RCH

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Anna Butcher & Justin Ng

Keeping kicking goals little man! X

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Margaret Kinniburgh

Raffi What a brave little man Lots of love to you and all the family

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Grace Walsh

Superstar Raffi! We love you! Thinking of you everyday little legend 💕 Gracie can’t wait to meet you very soon. Love Shannon, Jen & Grace

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Giulia Gencarelli

Sending much love and positivity your way ♥️

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Rakhee Rathi

What a real warrior you are Raffi. All the best wishes for your speedy recovery. Thinking of you all during this time. Rakhee and Mahesh Rathi (Griffith).

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Sophie And Daniel Vid

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Tara & Michael Salama

Get well Raffi. You descend from a family of warriors :)

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Jarrod Kagan

💪🏼🙌🏼

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Baaz Security

Wishing Rafi Athelstone best of speedy recovery .

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Baaz Security

Wishing Rafi Athelstone best of speedy recovery .

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Debbie Hilton

So much love and support around you and world class care and treatment at the RCH You’ve got this Raffi! 👊🏼💖

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Anonymous

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Valentina Ardesi

We are so proud of you Raffi. You’re a tough little boy, with two incredible parents. All our love, strength & support always ❤️ Age, Paula & Valentina xoxo

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Sila Ozeren

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Anonymous

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Sophie Wilson

Sending all my love and strength x

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Anonymous

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Noel Stevens

Best wishes to you all. Raffi couldn't be in better hands than the RCH.

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Amanda Alessi

Sending good vibes to you all xx

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Luka, Marc & Hannah Vukelic

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Jessica Crema

You are such a brave boy. Sending all the love and positive vibes 🤍🤍🤍

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Perla Bambini

Wishing you a speedy recovery Raffi. Thinking of you and your family during this time. Perla Bambini team xx

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Divya Kothari

keep fighting, keep getting better little soldier! you are so so brave and strong ❤️❤️

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Alannah Verrocchi

You’re our super hero !!! Lots of love Uncle Madison & Aunty Lani Xoxo

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Madison Verrocchi

We love you little man ! Lots of love Uncle Madison and Aunty Lani Xoxo

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Shiv Burden And Family

To the very brave Raffi and his family, sending our love and prayers. Shiv Burden and Family xx

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Vince Cardinale

Raffi, wishing you a full speedy recovery. With all the love and care surrounding you, I have no doubt you’ll be stronger and healthier than ever. Vince & Jad Cardinale & Family xxx.

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Naomi Perri

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Elizabeth And Glenn Coleman

Thinking of you guys, sending you lots of love and wishing the best for Raffis recovery journey x

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Brittani Agosta

Raffi you are such a strong little boy! Keep fighting little one, you’ve got this ❤️

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Barbara Stacey

What a little trooper you are Raffi!

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Joel Acquroff & Family

Much love to your family & this great cause guys.

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Nabil And Nassim Said

Wishing Raffi a speedy recovery....thinking of you all during this time .

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Tahlia Crema

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Anonymous

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Torin

Because no child should have to battle. Life’s to short as it is.

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Dina Becvinovski

God bless Raffi xx

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Reubs

Stay strong Raffi you trooper you will beat this brave little man 👊🏼🙏🏼

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Peter Angelini & Family

Sending you big hugs and kisses little Raffi - lots of love from Peter, Christine, Selena, Romeo and Louis Angelini

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Nick & Prue Fletcher

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Shaun Webster

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Sam Wannous

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Claire Reardon

Wish you all the strength for your journey Raffi

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Chris Bairamidis

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Anonymous

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Anna D'alessandro

Yes nobody should go through this - ever - but with strenght, love, support and medicine, this little warrior will get through this and go on fighting other battles in life. Take care, Anna

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Harley Bombardier

Keep up the fight little champ 💪🏽

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Michelle Farfoud

Wishing Raffi a speedy recovery, he is in our prayers xxx

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Kate Casey

Thinking of you all xx

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Julia Oscari

Sending love and strength always ❤️💪❤️

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Basma And Richard Kozaris

Sending you little Raffi and family love, strength and prayers for a speedy recovery.

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Jessica Fantasia

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Kiki & Johnny

Stay strong gorgeous boy! You’ve got this. We love you. X

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Lizzi Moran

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Ivy And Harriet Crothers

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Gracie & Tim

Sending you all our love beautiful Raffi ❤️❤️

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Date Of Birth Creative

Wishing Raffi lots of love and support in the world From your team at DOB x

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Abigail Fayman

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Chloe Wilson

Thinking of you little man! Glad to hear Raffi is doing well ❤️ All my love to you all!

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Sally And Evan Macdonald

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Louisa Huber

With our daughter constantly being at the Children’s for an ongoing kidney issue. We are so aware at how amazing they are. Wishing Raffi a very speedy recovery xx

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Harriet + Frederick

💙

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Sash, Dame And The Boys ????

keep at it little champion. xx big hugs and lots of love to you, your sister and mum and dad xxxxx

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David, Olivia, Archie And Lulu Constantinou

Beautiful Raffi, you are a superhero! We love you Xoxox

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Janna Barone

You’ve got this little man! Wishing you a speedy recovery. Thinking of you all x

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Natasha & Leon Meletis

Sending so much love to you Raffi and family❤️

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Tia Paterson

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Mary Cardinale

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Jan Monasso

Our thoughts are always with you all and especially beautiful little Raffi. Roll on February 2023.

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Philip Dinakis

Hi Raffi, yours and other stories like it show us adults what true strength really is and give us a reality check we all need in life which is to focus more on what really matters. So glad to hear you are doing better. Stay strong little champ

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Nadine & Jared

Sending all our love and strength ❤️

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Karla Dawes

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Dani & Deano

Super hero Raffi, you got this!! Sending strength and all the love in the world to you all beautiful family. With love, Dani and Deano X

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Genie Stah

Sending you all my love Raffi, Nicky and Matt! Raffi, you’ve got this little guy ❤️

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Jess Nardella

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Pavan

All my love and prayers, Raffi x

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Kristina Vlasakakis

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Laura Luca

Sending lots of love to Raffi and hope a speedy recovery. The Luca family x

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Spaliaras Family

Sending love to such a brave little boy.. you can do this Raffi... Much love to the family Con, Jamie Anthony and PJ xxx

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Eamon Chiffey

We LOVE YOU Raffi ! You strong little man.

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Angie And Phito Neophitou

Dear Raffi, sending you all our love and support on your recovery journey. Lots of love hugs and kisses Angie and Phito and our girls

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Martha Kourtidou

❤️❤️

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Kara Vague

What a brave little boy and amazing family - my heart goes out to you guys 🤍

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Bella Gregory

Raffi - You are an incredible strong boy who has already brought so much joy and love to your family and friends! Wishing you a continued speedy recovery and for you to continue to shine light and love to everyone who gets to see your gorgeous face!! Sending so much love!!xx

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Bianca And Bridgett

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Stavros & Alexandra Konis

Sending you so much love & a speedy recovery Raffi xx Such an incredible family always giving strength, love, support and inspiration to those around you xoxo

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Samantha James

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Caitlin B

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Alfie & Gigi Moloney

We love you, Raffi! You are so tough! Can’t wait to have a play soon! Love Alfie & Gigi (and Mum and Dad) xoxox

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Claire Occhipinti + Family Xx

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Michael Carollo

I’m sure everything will work out for you guys. Amazing effort on the fund raising. God Bless 🙏🏻

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Anonymous

Sending you all lots of love and strength and good luck Raffi! You are are a little superstar 💙

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Chris Nardo

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Mill And Dermie

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Anonymous

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The Hatzis-walkers

Sending you and all the families impacted by circumstances like this our love xx

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Brodie Burne

Thinking of you all x

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Erika Geraerts

Go team V x

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Oscar Norton

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Alex P

Sending my very best wishes to Raffi and your family

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Belinda, Tony And Talia Dimasi

Best wishes champ, you are tough and I know you will get through this. Love ypu to bits beautiful boy. Tony, Belinda and Talia

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Jessica Hislop

Dear Raffie!! You are such a strong and beautiful boy 🦋 Sending all the love to your Mum, Dad and entire family with lots of get well soon wishes xxx

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Rick Silberman

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Nesibe Aktepe

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Jacintha

Big love dear angel ❤️

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Rebecca Soon

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Sjp

Stay strong little Raffi! Sending you and your family love and positivity!

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Nick Foley

To a speedy recovery. Love Nick, Ange, Jimmy and Raf x

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Jordan Growcott

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Bon & The Mini Macs X X X

This speaks to the strength of your family. Turning this into something positive for others. Amazing. Go Raff, you’ve got this x

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Claudia Akkary

You’re the hulk Raffi ❤️

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Bridget Grundy

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Michelle & Will ??

You’ve got this Raff! ❤️❤️

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Tahnae Andrews

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Marlene Nguyen

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June Choy

Wishing you a healthy recovery Raffi!!!

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Calibre3

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John Mastro

Wishing Raffi all the very best with his journey and recovery. The greatest love and support from John Mastro & Bianca Nardo xo

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Xavier & Irene Agostino

Very pleased to hear Raffi is doing well! Thanks for providing us with a platform to contribute :)

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Jack Gance

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Liz Mcgrath

Beautiful boy, sending all my love from the west to you and your family. You so have this! xxx

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Andrea Panayi

We are all behind you and the family! Keep going little man ❤️❤️❤️

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Rochelle Griggs

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Brooke Riddell

Lots of love to your family Xoxo

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Dora Verrocchi

Your strength will get you through this. 😘❤️

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Barbuscio Family

Together with the enormous amount of support around you, we wish you well with your recovery Raffi. We are right behind you buddy. Lots of Love, the Barbuscio Family.

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Steve Mcmaster

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Troons

Sending loads of love Raffi Xx

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Brad Hampel

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Hayden Guppy

I can't wait to show you how to beat your dad in basketball.

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The Stewart’s

Raffi has the best support around him to ensure a speedy recovery. Sending our love and thoughts. Grant, Jane, Jack & Tom

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Naomi Dimitrakis

You little Superhero Raffi!!! Keep fighting beautiful boy. We are here for you all ❤️❤️

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Joanne & Marcello Verrocchi

We love you with all hearts Raffi. Lots of Love & Kisses, Uncle Chello, Aunty Jo, Benjamin, Mia and Leonardo xo

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Mark Davis

Wishing you all well and a very speedy recovery to the brave young man

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Joanne & Marcello Verrocchi

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Leanne Oliver

Dear Raffi So pleased you are being so well looked after, I know you will be feeling much better very soon. Love and blessings to you. xxx Leanne Oliver

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Brook Gossen

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Sally, Peter, Sofia & Lucia Crinis

Darling Raffi, our thoughts are with you through your journey and keep being a brave boy for mummy & daddy! Our hearts are with you today and forever. Lucia is there for you all & sends her love too, we have a very special connection with RCH and its an incredible place that we will forever have a huge appreciation and much admiration for all of their work.

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Adrian Sebastiano

Love to Raffi and all the family

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Jenny Huxley

Congratulations Raffi, keep up your amazing recovery. I'm 20 years post BM transplant and wish you many years ahead. xo

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Amelia Talbot

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A&a Verrocchi Family

Get well Little Buddy LOVE YOU Uncle Danger and Aunty Adi

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Mark, Marcella & Antonia Verrocchi

Lots of love ❤️

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Suzy Tuxen

Dear Raffi – we are so happy you're doing well and are on the mend! Hang in there buddy! xx the team from A Friend of Mine

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Carolyn Josephson

Tough little cookie, keep on being so courageous. xx

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Mary Cardinale

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Anonymous

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Reids Xxx

All our love to our hero Raff 🤍

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Gabby Gibson

You got this little man 💪🏽 Lots of love 😘 Gabby & Dean xoxo

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Jo Stuckey

Sending love ALL especially beautiful Raffi xx

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Dina Zakkas And Family

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James Schena

What a little superstar! Big love.

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Rebecca Nguyen

All the best... brave little man. Lots of love to Raffi & the family!

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Bert Ahcheen & Family

Wishing you well Raffi! Lots of love

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Albina And Charlie

You will get through this Raffi you beautiful boy!!! Zia Bina here for you as well as Charlie, Neve and Cade ❤️

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Mark Shehata

Wishing a full speedy recovery for Raffi. Prayers and thoughts to him and the family

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Sarandoglou Family

Sending huge hugs and kisses your way little man. Lots of Love Con, Di, Lucas and Thomas xxx

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Julia Schena

You got this little man.. We are all here for you xx

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Joshua Soon

Lots of love little man! You got this!! ❤️

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Chris Banias And Family

Wishing raffi a speedy recovery and thinking of you all during this time Love the Banias family

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Ilias Babalis

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Antoniette Vadala

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Craig Gordon

it's heart wrenching to hear of a small child with such a severe medical condition. it's great news that Raffi is cancer free, and all the best with the battle ahead. sincere regards Craig and Karen

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Aden Forte

Thinking of you guys, good better soon Raff man!

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Pesa Gottlieb

Hugs X

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Anonymous

All the best on your journey. We’re praying for you!!

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Anonymous

God bless your journey to a Long and Healthy life

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Jim Xenos

Sending you lots of love and our best wishes Raffi V!

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Di Pilla Family

Dear Raffi, Matt & Nicky We’re all thinking of you and wish Raffi all the best. Love Uncle Mario, Aunty Terri, David & Victoria, Danni, Stephen and Michael.

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Mounil Kadakia

Wishing you a speedy and full recovery

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Anonymous

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Yola Sutjiutomo

You are a very brave little man! You got this!

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Ams

Sending our love and support to Raffi and family.

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Tony Herro

A very brave little man Love and blessings to Raffi and family.

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The Rispin Family

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Mark Tan

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Carmelina La Rocca

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Christian Rocchi

You are so brave little Raff man! You got this ❤️

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Arjun Seth

Sending you lots of Love and positive energy

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Mercedes Azcue

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James & Wendy Hopkins

Sending all the love from Wendy and I, all the way from London. xx

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S&c

Amazing boy, sending you also much love xx

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Angelique Nagaria

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Saleh Family

Lots of love to raffi & family!

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Jeremy Loeliger

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Bassaly Family

You got this Raff!!!! Love Bonita & Havier

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Andrew G

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The Style Co.

You got this little man!! Lots of love from your Style Co. Aunties xx

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Anonymous

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Radhika Dinesh

Lots of well wishes to Raffi & family! X

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Zak & Gina Gottlieb

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Anonymous

Sending all my love and strength to you Raffi you are awesome, extra big hugs and kisses to Mum and Dad always MP

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Megan Salerno

Big love to you all xx

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Tara Hanaphy

You are a champ Raffi! Sending you and the family all my love and wishes for the rest of your treatment. xo

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Aunty Vic And Uncle Joe

Love you little man :)

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Khader Ibrahim

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Angelo Rendina

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Nonno Verrocchi

Go my champ !!!

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Nonna( Nonzie ) Verrocchi

Raffi - you little trooper !!! Love u lots ❤️

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Alexander Konis

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Andrea Day

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Ian George

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Aldaoud Family

Thank you to The Royal Children's for the incredible work you do. Lots of love to Raffi & family.

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Theo Mavromihalis

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Elliot Rubenstein

Thinking of you all x

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Sunil Narula

Such a great cause - so happy Raffi has a great prognosis.

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Louisa Young