Club treats boy, family to weekend

BANKSTOWN Sports has hosted an incredible boy and his family over the weekend for some fun, food and quality time, as he prepares to undergo treatment for an aggressive form of cancer.

In March, 12-year-old Jason Braniff was diagnosed with AML Inversion 16, which is a type of blood cancer most commonly seen in adults. 

He is undergoing chemotherapy at Sydney Children’s Hospital and is about to go into isolation for 100 days.

After tragically losing their house in a fire and now staying with relatives, Mum Sharon, Dad Greg and little sister Lara, 8, temporarily relocated from Griffith to Sydney to be with Jason and are staying at Ronald McDonald House. 

Older sibling Taylor, 18, is back home completing her HSC.

Bankstown Sports was made aware of Jason’s story and wanted to offer his family some relaxation during one of the toughest times in their lives.

Jason and his family were transported from Ronald McDonald House to Bankstown Sports by the team at Little Wings on Friday morning and then treated to hours of fun at Turbo Climb and Monkey Mania, before heading up to their room at Travelodge Hotel, for an all-expenses-paid, two-night stay.

Over the weekend, they enjoyed unlimited access to all of the club’s entertainment facilities including Arcade Alley and PZE, and received dining vouchers for all restaurants within the club, as well as ice cream and treats from Baskin Robbins and San Churro Bankstown.

Sharon was quite emotional when speaking about the experience: “It’s just so overwhelming to receive so much. 

“The kids absolutely loved it, and to see them smile means so much. We just wish Taylor could be here too; she’d love this place.” 

Jason says he can’t believe how lucky he is: “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. This place is incredible. I am way too excited.”