Fundrais­ing car­ni­val for sav­ing baby Sum­mer’s wish­list

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE -

MOST tod­dlers and young chil­dren take vis­it­ing the zoo or rid­ing a carousel for granted.

Not so two-year-old Sum­mer, who is too sick to en­joy such child­ish pur­suits, but the pro­ceeds from a big party later this month will be used to make Sum­mer’s bucket list a re­al­ity.

Last year, at just 11 months old, Sum­mer was di­ag­nosed with neu­rob­las­toma stage 4 high-risk.

She has had a tough jour­ney, but been so strong her fam­ily call her Lion Heart.

Sum­mer has sur­vived five rounds of chemo­ther­apy, two rounds of mega chemo­ther­apy, surgery in­clud­ing the re­moval of a pri­mary tu­mour in her ab­domen, stem cell res­cue and three weeks of ra­di­a­tion.

While Sum­mer was un­der­go­ing treat­ment, her grand­par­ents Bev and Ross Bren­nan and mother Jess Coates, in­el­i­gi­ble at the time for ac­com­mo­da­tion at Ron­ald McDon­ald House, strug­gled to rent a unit in Perth to be close to Sum­mer at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal.

By March this year, she was in re­mis­sion and when she turned two in June, her fam­ily cel­e­brated with a birth­day party.

But in Au­gust, her mother and grand­mother found a small lump in her groin.

The fol­low­ing day, it had dou­bled in size and they took her straight to PMH, where their world fell apart.

It was con­firmed the can­cer was back with a vengeance.

Sum­mer is now back in hos­pi­tal with more chemo­ther­apy, along with im­munother­apy and pain man­age­ment treat­ments.

This time, her fam­ily has been told it is ter­mi­nal and the only op­tion is to pro­long her life and keep her com­fort­able.

“Sum­mer is a fighter and very brave,’’ says Bev Bren­nan.

The fam­ily has been told Sum­mer might make it to Christ­mas and in the mean­time, they want to make her fi­nal months the best they can.

On Sun­day, Septem­ber 17, Sum­mer’s fam­ily is plan­ning a Car­ni­val at the Ma­sonic Hall, Fur­niss­dale from 2pm to 5pm.

Tick­ets will be sold for bouncy cas­tles, face-paint­ing, a pet­ting zoo, cup­cakes, bub­bles, pony rides, ac­tion wrestling, a wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence, sausage siz­zle and a silent auc­tion.

The pro­ceeds will be used to make Sum­mer’s bucket list a re­al­ity and en­sure there are enough funds in place for fu­neral ar­range­ments.

Any­one want­ing to help or do­nate, can check Sum­mer’s Face­book page, Sav­ing Baby Sum­mer.

Do­na­tions to Dee at Halo at 4/196 Pin­jarra Road or Ross Bren­nan Mo­tors at 4 Davy Street, Man­durah.

Help make Sum­mer’s bucket list a re­al­ity.

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