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



Gnarly Harley wins a toe hanging world title heat

Coffs Coast surfer Harley Ingleby produced one of the heats of his career to defeat French style-master Antoine Delpero in round 3 of the Jeep World Longboard Championships in China on Thursday.

Harley Ingleby gives a malibu masterclass at World Longboard Champs

Staff members held-up in club robbery

Two staff members were threatened during the robbery last night.

Investigations are under way after four men robbed a Macksville club

A close call in the surf

SAVED: Mitch Harvey helped rescue a young man at Main Beach in Woolgoolga.

Two men were rescued in the surf at Woolgoolga.

Local Partners

Is it time to crackdown on illegal camping at Mt Warning?

SECURITY improvements at Mt Warning are in question after a backpacker died atop the popular peak this week.


Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.

What do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer?

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!