IT IS an impossible situation for any parent to imagine or comprehend.
To be told your 10-year-old child has cancer and has just three months to live would leave most feeling helpless, alone and at a loss.
But it was the strength shown by that same 10-year-old that got the Wilson family of Kingsthorpe through their darkest days.
In August 2010, Nicole Wilson was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) and given a dire prognosis.
"The only tell-tale signs were she would get a stitch in her side for no reason and she would vomit, just once every week," Nicole's mum Carmel said.
Surgeries, intensive bouts of chemotherapy and endless trips to Brisbane followed.
But her spirit proved strong and Nicole was in remission by April, 2011.
Despite a relapse last year, Nicole has beaten the odds and is now 12 years old and enjoying high school.
"She has been extremely brave and strong and never gave up. She took each problem in her stride," Mrs Wilson said.
"She kept the rest of us strong."
During her illness, Nicole was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
She and her family travelled to Sydney last week and completed her dream to climb the Harbour Bridge.
"This wish was a major factor that has kept our hopes and dreams up, especially Nicole's," Mrs Wilson said.
"In down times we would talk about the wish and use it as encouragement."
- Wish Day is Make-A-Wish Australia's annual fundraising event to raise money to help grant wishes for seriously ill children.
- The day will be held on Friday, March 22.
- Visit makeawish.org.au/wishday for more information and to donate.