In the days leading up to Christmas 2015, Ashley and her
partner Kane were busily preparing for Christmas with their three-year-old
“Amelia had been sick on and off for a few weeks,” Ashley
explains. “We thought she had the flu but she just wasn’t getting better”.
“I’ll always remember that day,” she said. “We had the whole
day planned out, we were going out to the shops to buy everything for Christmas
“Amelia had a cough, and we decided to take her to the
doctor. She was really pale and the doctor referred us to the Prince Charles
After a blood test, Ashley and Kane were given the shock of
their lives and told their little girl had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Amelia was transferred to the Lady Cilento Hospital in
Brisbane and started treatment the following day.
“Amelia was placed in the high risk category which meant she
had eight months of brutal chemotherapy and blood transfusions,” Ashley said.
“We spent Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve in
“Our little trooper has been through hell and back and she
has been a star the whole time.
“As parents it has been heartbreaking to watch our only
child experience what she has been through.”
Amelia is now on maintenance, and is about to start prep,
but has had a range of reactions to the chemotherapy.
“She’s been sensitive to the treatment, her body doesn’t
process the chemotherapy the right way and is taking medication to combat it,”
“The medication has given her diabetes, it’s really knocked
Despite support from their family and friends Ashley said
because of Amelia’s low immune system, they spent eight months in what felt
“Amelia is really close with her cousins but she couldn’t
spend time with them,” Ashley said.
“We were like in this little bubble, it was eight months of
Last year the family shaved for the World’s Greatest Shave
to normalise Amelia’s hair loss.
“We wanted to show support for our girl when she lost her
hair, and it was such a fantastic feeling raising funds knowing what the
donations are put towards,” Ashley said.
This year the family are once again joining 20,000 other
extraordinary Australians who are signing up to shave, cut or colour their hair
for the World’s Greatest Shave.
For more visit worldsgreatestshave.com.au
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