Mandurah community throwing birthday party for terminally ill toddler

Help make Summer’s bucket list a reality .
Mandurah community throwing birthday party for terminally ill toddler
Help make Summer’s bucket list a reality .

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 MacDonald 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 2-5pm.

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.

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