A HANDFUL of fun. Harley Jones enjoying his first trip to the snow.
A HANDFUL of fun. Harley Jones enjoying his first trip to the snow.

Harley has his trip to the snow

A DREAM trip to the snow may have come just in time for terminal leukaemia sufferer, eight-year-old Harley Jones, a trip which was almost can- celled when the little battler suffered a relapse in mid- August.

Harley, who also suffers from autism, captured the ad- miration and support of much of the Gold and Tweed Coast communities in March after Sam Pethebridge, who grew up on the Tweed, contacted the Daily News with ambi- tious plans to raise money for the Jones family.

"You should have seen his face when he first saw snow," said David Jones, Harley's father. "His eyes lit up and he couldn't wait to get out amongst it.

The Helensvale family spent a memorable week at Mount Hotham.

But the reality of Harley's illness reared its ugly head again once they got back home, with Harley suffering --------------- --------------- his fourth relapse.

"He's having chemotherapy twice a week, and every week he has to have two lumbar punctures," Mr Jones said. "Harley was given three months to live 15 months ago. --------------- --------------- He has already defied the odds, and this trip to the snow has given us the courage to keep defying them." The family's trip was made possible thanks to many% people, including Sam Pethe- --------------- --------------- bridge who organised several fundraisers, property devel-% opers the Ray Group who do- nated return flights, an exclu- sive snow home, Mount Hoth- am Skiing Company and Lilydale Airport.



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