Burleigh rallies to the Bemrose family
IT'S BEEN a nightmare year for the Bemrose family of Tallebudgera, following threeyear-old Macy's diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia four months ago.
Tomorrow night should be a bright spot for the family, a break from the exhausting rounds of trips to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane for chemotherapy.
Macy, her parents Sean and Jo, and sisters Hannah, aged five, and Gemma, nearly two, will be in the crowd at a fundraising auction in the public bar of the Burleigh Town Tavern, kick-off 6pm.
Self-employed bricklayer Sean Bemrose has been a regular at the Tavern for around 15 years, so when staff and management heard of young Macy's plight, they wanted to do something to help relieve his family's emotional and financial stress.
It's been a struggle for the family since Macy's diagnosis, Sean said, with Jo travelling to Brisbane with Macy, and Sean caring for the couple's two other little girls.
"They've been good, the girls, they've been looking after me," Sean said.
Jo had to quit her job as a night packer at a supermarket as soon as Macy's condition became clear.
Macy has now been placed in the high-risk category and Jo will spend the next two years ferrying her daughter to and from hospital for treatment.
Macy will then have tests for the following five years before being declared free of the disease.
Tomorrow night's auction will have a family flavour, featuring a sausage sizzle, jumping castle, live entertainment and raffles.
Coolangatta surfer Mick Fanning and Shaun Hart, from the Brisbane Lions, will attend the auction.
Items under the hammer will include: boxing gloves signed by Kostya Tszyu with action photo and plaque, three signed and framed action photos of Pat Rafter and Peter Brock, and a full-sized replica Don Bradman bat.
Other memorabilia up for auction include items from Tiger Woods, Juan Fangio, Hayley Lewis, Nikki Hudson, Jai Taurima, Naomi Castle, Steven Bradbury, Ji Wallace, Grant Hackett, Susie O'Neill, the Broncos and Mick Doohan.
Donated goods from local businesses and individuals will also be auctioned.