One of the only things harder than finding out your 11-month-old daughter has cancer, is beating the disease once only to discover three months after receiving the all clear that the cancer has struck again.
This is the news the family of baby Summer are coming to terms with, after the two-year-old Mandurah girl was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma again in August.
Summer was first diagnosed with the disease in May 2016, after a bump on her head wouldn’t heal.
After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell rescue, a bone marrow transplant and immunotherapy, the family was told Summer was in remission in May.
But a check-up on a small lump in her body in August revealed her cancer had come back.
And this time it was terminal.
In a bid to assist the local family in their quest to make Summer’s life more comfortable, local not-for-profit Halo Team is organising a party to raise funds for the family’s expenses.
“Summer is a fighter and she is very brave but she needs support now more than ever,” Halo wrote on Facebook.
“The family have a list of things they would love for Summer to experience while she still can, a bucket list.
“We at Halo are doing everything in our power to make this time as easy as possible for this amazing family and for our baby Summer.”
The event will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Furnissdale on September 17 and it will include a bouncy castle, a petting zoo, a wildlife experience, superhero wrestling, face painting, fairy floss and pony rides among others.
Attendees will also be able to purchase food and drinks, and participate in raffles and auctions.
“It will basically be like a big kids carnival,” Halo manager Dee Freitag said.
The event will start at 2pm and run until 5pm. Entry is free but attendees will need to purchase tickets to the main attractions.
Children attending the event will be able to purchase a $20 unlimited ride pass.
All proceeds will go towards Summer and her family.
For more information about how to help Summer and her family contact Dee Freitag from Halo on 9586 2245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.