Tough battle for young toddler fighting cancer
BLAKE Daniels was an out-going, fun-loving and cheeky Casino toddler.
Only a few clues ever alluded to something being wrong.
A reluctance to use one of his arms, despite X-Rays showing no broken bones.
Waking up with a bruised eye for no apparent reason.
And a bruised gum while teething.
After numerous doctor visits, a second opinion and a referral to the Lismore Base Hospital, the underlying cause was revealed.
Neuroblastoma. A rare and cancerous disease found in 1 in 100,000 children.
On the day of his diagnosis in late February, close family friend Natasha Ghidinelli said Blake's parents Sally and Scott made the tough decision to relocate to Brisbane while their son underwent treatment at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.
"They found out lunchtime that day and by that afternoon they were going up to Brisbane," she said,
"Sally, Blake's mum, has moved up with him because he can't go further than 50km from the hospital while he's having his treatment.
"His father Scott is still working and going up on the weekend and also looking after their older son."
Since his temporary relocation to Brisbane, Blake has endured six rounds of intensive chemotherapy, major surgery, a bone marrow transplant, countless blood transfusions and four weeks of radiotherapy.
"They're a young family, just starting out with married life, so this year was meant to be just settling down, enjoying life," Ms Ghidinelli said.
"(Blake's) a cute, happy kid full of life and even now through all the treatment, he's been really bubbly.
"Without his bald head you wouldn't know he was sick because he's so full of energy and cheeky."
As a show of support, friends and family have launched a crowd-funding page for Blake and his family and organised a 'Battle for Blake' community fundraiser at the Teven Valley Golf Course on November 8.
The Ambrose Golf Competition goes from 9am until 11.45am. Adults are $40 and kids $20, which includes a BBQ lunch and one drink.
There will also be an afternoon game of foot-golf as well as activities like a jumping castle, face painting and raffles.
Bookings are necessary by calling the golf course on 6687 8386.
To donate online go to www.ozcrowd.com and search 'Battle for Blake'.