Uki says welcome home

HOME is where Stacie Walker's heart is.

The 12-year-old has been away from her Uki home for most of the past seven months being treated for cancer.

And for Stacie, the simple things in life are proving to be the best.

She has a new puppy Molly, a three-month-old bull terrier, and Molly is the apple of her eye.

"It was a surprise," she said this week.

Stacie has been home in Uki for three weeks and has just entered her seven-month "maintenance period".

This means that she will have to visit hospitals in the Tweed and Brisbane for check-ups and take a host of tablets to make sure she stays in remission.

Mother Linnet said the seven months would be hard, but it was great having Stacie back at home.

Stacie has been going to school when she can at Murwillumbah High School as a Year 7 student and the rest of her time has been spent catching up with friends and family.

For the family, it has been just a blink of the eye since Stacie was diagnosed with an unspecified lymphoma tumour in her neck which was affecting her breathing.

The tumour, and its rapid growth, threatened to cut off her airways, so she was flown by helicopter to Brisbane to start treatment immediately.

But all through the ordeal, the community kept raising money, and the family's spirits, by chipping in when they could.

The community has yet again taken the family by surprise with a welcome home party for Stacie tomorrow at the Uki Sportsground.

It begins at midday and former Big Brother winner and Banora Point resident Trevor Butler will be there.

Linnet said that Stacie met Trevor during her illness and he has kept in touch with phonecalls and text messages when Stacie was feeling low.

"At first Stacie was a little overwhelmed with meeting Trevor," Linnet said.

"But he's a really nice bloke."

A sausage sizzle, raffles and plenty of activities for children have been organised at the sportsground.

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