Generosity to help Rhianna's travel dreams come true
A TERMINAL brain cancer diagnosis is not stopping a Coolum teenager from achieving her dreams to travel the world.
Rhianna Quarry, 18, was diagnosed earlier this year with stage four glioblastoma, a type of advanced brain cancer that has a very low survival rate.
In May, Rhianna's former workplace, Coolum Surf Club, rallied and raised an incredible $60,000 for the teen.
However, Rhianna has no plans of lavishly splurging on a car or anything a normal teen would want.
"I wanted to take everyone on a cruise, to spoil my family for being my support over the past couple of months,” she said.
"My sister Georgia and I also want to go travel to Japan, something just for us two sisters.”
The diagnosis has not stopped Rhianna from wanting to live her best life and, with the money raised by the community, her dreams can now become a reality.
"No-one was expecting to raise the amount we did,” she said.
"At a rough guess I wasn't expecting much, but we almost raised triple the amount.
"Everyone just turned out for the event at the club. I was surrounded by family, friends and people who I didn't even know.
"They just wanted to come to the event to support me and share with my their own plight with cancer.”
Surprised by the public interest in her own battle with glioblastoma, Rhianna felt humbled by the support she and her family received.
"My dad was really worried about the interest. He didn't want anything out in the public eye that might upset me,” Rhianna said.
"But with the interest, his workplace organised tickets for us to go to the State of Origin match which was amazing.”
When on break from treatment, Rhianna plans to travel if her health remains stable.