DANC­ING CAUSE

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - WORDS:

Over the week­end, I along with 114 lo­cals, at­tended a Zum­bat­hon fundraiser held at Sportsworld for local 12-year-old Jas­myn Camp­bell. Jas­myn is fight­ing end-stage re­nal fail­ure while wait­ing for a kid­ney trans­plant.

While I was strug­gling to keep up, Jas­myn danced a solid two hours of Zumba with a smile. We had a chat about the usual stuff like nails and beauty but we re­ally found com­mon ground when it came to com­par­ing our scars, which each have their very own story.

Jas­myn’s big­gest sup­porter be­yond doubt was her mum Melody Ward, who was un­der­stand­ably emo­tional as she de­scribed how proud she was of her in­cred­i­bly strong and brave daugh­ter. Melody was thank­ful for the community sup­port, which was ev­i­dent when ev­ery­one ar­rived in aqua blue tu­tus and wigs – Jas­myn’s favourite colour.

Jas­myn’s school teacher Tami Lu­cas from Trin­ity Bay State High said Jas­myn was a bright girl with a strong will.

It is im­pres­sive how well she does at school, even though she does not get to at­tend as many hours as her fel­low class­mates due to her ill­ness.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who helped raise $2115 to help Jas­myn and her fam­ily on this dif­fi­cult jour­ney.

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