Swim­mers to tough it out for Mimi

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Caitlin Tiller

JAMES and Vic­to­ria An­der­son ini­tially thought their daugh­ter had an iron de­fi­ciency, un­til doc­tors told them three-year-old Mimi had leukaemia.

Mr An­der­son said it was “hor­ren­dous” when Mimi, now four, was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia in May last year, but her treat­ment was go­ing well.

“She had six months of very in­ten­sive steroidal chemo­ther­apy and we’re at Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal twice a month now,” Mr An­der­son said.

“Some­times Vic and I have patches where we think there is noth­ing good about this at all, but then other days we think there are some good things; you learn a lot about your­self and there is incredible gen­eros­ity.”

Mr An­der­son said the Leukaemia Foundation had been “amaz­ing”.

“If you can get the money and aware­ness, you can get the re­search and with re­search comes re­sults,” he said.

A friend of the An­der­sons, swim­mer Cein­wen Roberts, said Mimi in­spired her to or­gan­ise the North Cottes­loe Cold­wa­ter Clas­sic.

In the event’s sec­ond year, swim­mers will com­pete for the Mimi An­der­son Cup on Satur­day in a 1.8km swim to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“Mimi is gor­geous, she loves the bal­let, she’s very happy and so tough,” Ms Roberts said.

“Kids tend to get on with it rather than play the vic­tim. It’s in­spir­ing.”

Mt Clare­mont res­i­dent Ms Roberts was one of the first swim­mers to com­plete the triple Rot­tnest cross­ing in 2013.

“We started at Rotto at mid­night and it was 19 hours of swim­ming,” Ms Roberts said.

“I had to train my brain not to think about sharks and en­joy the incredible op­por­tu­nity to swim un­der the stars.”

Ms Roberts said she was hop­ing 200 swim­mers would reg­is­ter for the Cold­wa­ter Clas­sic to raise $40,000.

To do­nate, visit www.my­cause.com.au/events/north­cottes­loecold­wa­ter­clas­sic.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445114

Cein­wen Roberts with James An­der­son and his chil­dren Mimi (4), who has leukaemia, and Pa­trick (3).

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