Meet our 2017 Pageant Royal Family
The Credit Union Christmas Pageant Royal Family has been a tradition for over 70 years. The process of selecting a Pageant Queen began in 1939 to help with wartime fundraising.
This year the Credit Union Christmas Pageant has partnered with the Leukaemia Foundation to appoint our Royal Family.
Get to know the 2017 Royal Family below, including Queen Megan
and King Michael.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s Pageant Queen
Megan Olive, 37, Andrews Farm
Queen Megan was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma shortly after giving birth to her beautiful daughter, Izzy, now 15 months old in January this year. Izzy had been born with her bowel on the outside of her body – a condition known as omphalocele – and was operated on just four hours after her birth.
Queen Megan was feeling run down after the birth and subsequent health problems – but her GP thought there was something more wrong and ordered blood tests. The young mum was diagnosed with the blood cancer Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Over the next six months she underwent 12 individual treatments of chemotherapy, and today, things are looking much brighter.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s Pageant King
Michael Wood, 22, Modbury Heights
Michael Wood has battled the blood cancer Hodgkins Lymphoma four times – and today his fight continues.
Michael was first diagnosed at just 13 when doctors found a 28 centimetre mass growing in his chest. After undergoing a grueling six months of chemo, and then six rounds of radiotherapy, Michael thought he was in the all clear. But, the cancer came back that same year and he had to go through it all again.
He then enjoyed a six year remission, but unfortunately the disease returned again last year. Although he has officially completed his last treatment, Michael is still awaiting the official all clear.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s Pageant Prince
Shaw Callen, 44, Black Forest
Shaw Callum was preparing for his second year cycling in the Leukaemia Foundation’s Ride as One cycling fundraiser when he found a lump in his neck. After months of training and preparation for the April 2017 event, he was told he had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and had to withdraw to start his treatment. Much to his relief a July scan revealed the Lymphoma was now gone.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s Pageant Princess
When Rosa was diagnosed was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) her life was turned upside down.
She underwent months of chemotherapy treatment in hospital and was forced to stay for 8 months. During that time she battled numerous infections such as golden staph and went through 7 weeks of being unable to see her young son Luca.
Today, Rosa is in remission and is enjoying life with her family. As a hairdresser, Rosa is now a wonderful volunteer for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave every year, shaving many heads for this great cause.