RCH Patient Lucy

Brave Lucy tickled Pink despite battle

Shock diagnosis for Burnie 7-year-old

Lucy Chilcott and her parents initially had a hard time believing she had neuroblastoma.

The seven-year-old Burnie Primary School student had been feeling well when a doctor’s visit changed everything.

“It all started with a bump on her head. I thought it was just from mucking around with her siblings,” said Lucy’s mum Danielle Wallis-Temple.

However tests and scans confirmed Lucy had neuroblastoma, a cancer that affects young children.

“It was a bit of a shock, I’ve had to stay strong for her,” Ms Wallis-Temple said. “She didn’t believe us at the start that she had cancer, because she wasn’t sick.”

Since her diagnosis in September, Lucy has spent much of her time in Melbourne at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

“She’s had surgery to remove the tumour and she’s going through chemotherapy to remove the rest of it,” Ms Wallis-Temple said.

Lucy loves the colour pink, and the singer Pink, so she was thrilled to meet the US pop superstar when she recently visited the Royal Children’s Hospital.

“Her favourite singer is Pink and she got to meet Pink and she was pretty happy about that. Her favourite colours are pink and purple and she loves dancing and music,” Ms Wallis-Temple said.

Lucy, who is the second youngest of six siblings, is now able to return home between treatments.

Ms Wallis-Temple said her daughter’s treatment was progressing well and she was showing resilience during the at-times gruelling process of chemotherapy.

“She’s doing really well,” Ms Wallis-Temple said.

“Give her a couple of days after chemo and she bounces back pretty quick.”

Ms Wallis-Temple paid tribute to extended family and the wider community for their support.

“I can’t thank them enough,” she said. “It’s been tough on the rest of the family because we have had to separate our other children up between grandparents.”

Lucy and thousands of other sick children are being supported by the annual Good Friday Appeal, which is the major fundraiser for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Good Friday Appeal board chair Penny Fowler said the fundraiser had come a long way since being launched by the Herald and Weekly Times in 1931. “Thanks to the extraordinary support, we have since raised an incredible $444m for this amazing hospital,” she said.

Written by Blair Richards
Images by David Caird
Plushied in the Hobart Mercury March 29th 2024

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