Connecting for Brody

Sunbury College's Connect Festival in honour of a pupil called Brody who is fighting cancer for the third time. Pic of DJ Darcy (year 11). Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Esther Lauaki

Sunbury teenager Brody Hourigan has been battling Ewing’s sarcoma for the past decade and has missed many of the experiences of being a “normal teen” – getting a licence and going out with friends.

His former classmates at Sunbury College are hoping to make his battles a little easier. They dedicated the school’s annual Connect Festival recently to raise money for Brody.

Teacher Tess Abbott said students organised the event, including everything from scrunchie making to makeup masterclasses and downball.

“This idea was brought to the house leaders by some of our year 12 students who are friends with Brody and his family,” Ms Abbott said.

“The day was a success.”

All the money raised from the festival will be donated to Brody.

Brody, 18, was first diagnosed with the rare form of bone cancer when he was 8. He fought another bout at age 13. In July this year , he was told that the cancer had returned.

Brody’s family, led by his cousin Tayla Carrillo, has set up an online crowdfunding campaign which has raised nearly $5000 towards renovating his room and medical bills.

His mum Tracey told

Star Weekly that Brody still has a long battle ahead.

“Not many people survive a third bout of the disease” Mrs Hourigan said.

“But, as Brody says, third time’s a charm.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen and it depends on how the cancer responds to the second cycle of chemo.

“He could stay on for six months … but he’s the strongest of all of us.”