Wembley PS student helping raise funds on 65 Roses Day for Cystic Fibrosis WA


Lyla Gillard (10), of Gwelup.
Lyla Gillard (10), of Gwelup.

GWELUP 10-year-old Lyla Gillard has spent her life in and out of hospital.

The Wembley Primary School Year 5 student was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at six weeks old and since she was aged two, has spent several weeks in hospital for treatment every three months.

But mother Hayley Gillard said her daughter “takes it as it comes”.

“She’s quite remarkable,” she said.

“She’s a tough cookie.”

Mrs Gillard and family members visit Karrinyup Shopping Centre each year to sell roses as part of 65 Roses Day, which raises money for Cystic Fibrosis WA (CFWA).

They also run an annual corporate golf day, which has raised $800,000 in seven years.

She said it was important to raise awareness of the disease, as well as funds for research into a cure.

“It’s an invisible disease as all people with CF generally look pretty well,” she said.

“It’s a serious condition and it needs to be taken seriously.”

Though Lyla accepts her condition, Mrs Gillard said she was beginning to comprehend the big impact it would always have on her life.

As well as regular hospital stays, a physiotherapist visits twice per week and Lyla uses a nebuliser to inhale medication up to eight times a day.

“It’s relentless and it’s straining on families,” she said.

“I just feel that a lot of people have heard of cystic fibrosis but they don’t understand what it is and what it entails.”

CFWA chief executive Nigel Barker said more than one million Australian adults were unaware they carried the recessive gene that caused CF and the organisation’s vision was for every child born with CF reach their potential unencumbered by the disease.

Roses will be on sale for $5 at Karrinyup Shopping Centre on May 25 from about 9.30am to 2pm or sold out.

For more locations or to donate, visit www.cfwa.org.au/65roses.

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