News

Little Mia the face of telethon for sick kids

SHE'S A FIGHTER: Mia Pearce was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia after falling ill on her second birthday.
SHE'S A FIGHTER: Mia Pearce was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia after falling ill on her second birthday.

MIA was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November last year and spent months fighting the cancer in Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

She fought a tough battle and is now the ambassador of the 2016 Channel 9 Telethon which is raising money for sick kids across Queensland.

Parents Ryan and Rhianne said it was difficult watching their little girl undergo treatment after treatment.

The Telethon is important to the Bundy family because all money raised fund medical research.

"Research is the reason why ALL has had an increase in cure rates from less than 15% to close to 90% in the past 40 years," Mrs Pearce said.

"The aim, and our hopes, for the future is to lift this cure rate, along with the cure rate of many other childhood cancers, and improve treatments so that there are less long-term side effects."

During Mia's time in hospital there were many touch and go moments for the family when they thought they had to say their goodbyes.

And this wasn't the first time the two-year-old has had the fight of her life.

Rhianne was 12 weeks pregnant with Mia when she was told there was only a 3% chance of carrying her to term.

Then if the baby survived it would have a range of medical issues including a heart condition.

The couple continued with the pregnancy and welcomed Mia on her due date.

But she was born with Turners syndrome, a condition which affects girls and causes heart defects.

Just days before her second birthday Mia was given the all clear from her cardiologist.

For two weeks the family lived healthy lives until Mia fell sick on her birthday.

Her parents' worst fears where realised when she was diagnosed.

"Lady Cilento gave us a plan and we started treatment two days after diagnosis," Ryan said.

"It was a whirlwind just trying to keep it all together.

As his eyes filled with tearsm Ryan said he just wanted to protect his girl.

"Despite this being the hardest times of our life, its also shown how beautiful life can be and how wonderful children are.

"She is just my hero.

"All I wish for Mia is to get through the next two years with as much strength and determination as she is doing now."

Rhianne thanked everyone who helped support her family during Mia's fight and urged them watch this years Telethon.

"The money raised at Telethon doesn't just help Brisbane families, it's all Qeensland families who might find themselves in a similar situation such as we have ... with a child with a serious illness that needs to be treated by the expert team at LCCH."

Topics:  editors picks lady cilento children's hospital leukaemia mia pearce


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police charge woman after alleged child abduction

Police and locals joined forces to catch a suspect in Miles yesterday.

She is due to appear in court next month

Telstra, Optus customers at risk, says "ethical hacker"

File

'Digital doors' allow access to personal files, photos

Could Goodna trio be world's dumbest crims?

WATCHING: Police used a Safe City Camera to monitor suspects.

Safe City camera was watching activities of suspects

Local Partners

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!