Little battler all smiles
By DARREN COYNE
MAKENZEE Weaver of Banora Point was smiling from ear to ear at home yesterday after spending four months in the cancer ward at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.
The one-year-old has been receiving chemotherapy treatment since being diagnosed with a form of infant leukemia.
Doctors recently gave Makenzee the all-clear to have a two week holiday at home before her next round of treatment.
The visit coincides with a fundraiser this weekend at the South Tweed Sports Club, which is expected to attract more than 200 people, paying $50 a ticket.
Money raised will go towards Makenzee's treatment, the Royal Children's Hospital cancer ward, and the Leukemia Foundation.
Mother Jo Weaver said yesterday that Makenzee had been hand-ling her treatment very well, with few side-effects, and had celebrated her first birthday on Monday.
Mrs Weaver's husband Glenn has been staying home with son Thomas, 3, and operating the couple's plumbing business, Tweed Heads Plumbing.
"It's nice to be home myself. It's been a long couple of months and we've still got a few to go," Mrs Weaver said.
Concerns about Makenzee's health arose when a small lump on her forehead did not go away.
After a number of tests specialists finally diagnosed Makenzee's illness on March 1 and "she hasn't been home since".
"She's been happy from day one, the perfect child. That's why it was such a big shock, because there were no other symptoms," Mrs Weaver said.
Saturday's fundraiser has been organised by Kellie O'Connor, the wife of Glen's business partner and rugby league mate Jamie O'Connor.
Both Glenn and Jamie are involved in local rugby league, with Glen the captain of the Murwillumbah Mustangs and Jamie the coach of the Northern Rivers representative side.
Glenn had his head shaved, along with other Mustangs last week, to raise money for the Leukemia Foundation.
The fundraiser on Saturday begins at 3pm. There will be nibbles and limited drinks, with entertainment by comedians, and music by the Innocent Bystanders.
Anyone wanting a ticket should contact Kellie O'Connor on 0404 892 755, Mark Stapleton on 0412 163 944 or Alicia Clifford on 0413 183 404.