You would have to agree … Lucy Stainer is one in 100,000 girls, at least.
Holding a tray of freshly-picked strawberries and showing a cute smile, the four-year-old was photographed while on a trip with her grandparents to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills.
“She is gorgeous,” said her mother Angela Stainer who is staying with her daughter in Adelaide while she undergoes life-saving treatment for ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia). The Whyalla family was rocked last year when Lucy was diagnosed with the disease – a one in 100,000 chance.
She had leg pain and ’flu-like symptoms. There is a 98-percent cure rate, according to her mother who expects to remain in Adelaide with Lucy until the end of the year while her daughter has chemotherapy treatment at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
“She knows she is sick and she has got ‘sick blood’, as she calls it. She goes to the hospital to have her medicine. She is probably too young to know the severity of it which is a good thing,” her mother said.
Mrs Stainer, who is a hairdresser, said her boss, Judith, of Masters in the Art of Hair, had hatched the idea to launch a fundraising campaign with a $50,000 target.
When the target is achieved, Judith and two other staff members in the salon will shave their heads.
Family friend Bec Marks is working with the Leukaemia Foundation on the campaign called Super Lucy’s Big Fight.
The first event is a movie afternoon at the Middleback Threatre on March 3 at noon with Mary Poppins on the big screen for the first time. This fundraiser is supporting two local girls, the other being Charlotte Loller.
There has been a quiz night. Cupcake, candle and soap drives and Tupperware events will follow. The netball association will hold a round-robin competition.
Lucy’s photo is on display at J & D’s Corner deli in Westland shopping centre where a collection tin has been filling rapidly.
Bec said $1200 had been raised so far in the campaign. Some of the money would be used to help Lucy’s father Ricky, a butcher, to travel with their other children to Adelaide to visit his daughter.
“The outlook is looking really good for her,” Bec said.
Lucy now just needs to match her radiant appearance with a dose of good health.
Go to Super Lucy’s fundraising page: https://www.gofundme.com/super-lucys-big-leukaemia-fight