Nine-year-old Dakota Rose facing fight with ovarian cancer
IT'S COMMON practice for a woman to regularly check for lumps; but for Dakota Rose, finding a bump the size of a golf ball when she pressed firmly on her tummy was a surprise.
The nine-year-old was rushed to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane last week after unexpectedly being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
"The doctor thought it was appendicitis at first, when she visited with her mum last Monday," Dakota's grandmother, Gracie Cooper, said.
The beautiful "little battler" underwent a "big operation" four days later to remove the cancerous mass on one of her ovaries.
Yesterday, she started chemotherapy.
Ms Cooper said the family didn't use the word cancer in front of Dakota.
"We just say it's a tumour and bad germs in her belly that we have got to get rid of," she said.
"Before the operation she did not look as sick as what she actually was... We had no idea."
Dakota will have to undergo chemotherapy treatment in Brisbane for the next six months.
That left her family with no option but to relocate south last week. Ms Cooper said Dakota's mother, Pam, left her job as soon as she found out to be by her daughter's side.
"Her dad, Chris, is just unsure what he is going to do, if he will keep his job or whether he'll go back and forth from Mackay," she said.
Already, more than $6000 has been raised for the family through a Go Fund Me page started by Dakota's older sister, Angel.
"She said 'there is nothing we can do except to help take the financial burden away'," Ms Cooper said.
"When your child is sick, you don't care about anything else; but unfortunately, when you get back, it's still waiting for you.
"If everyone could just say prayers for our little bubby, Dakota...
"That's all we'd like. "The power of prayer is what I believe will save her."
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Norths Netball Club will host a sausage sizzle this weekend, to raise money for the Rose family. Sausages will be cooked, and bacon and egg muffins prepared, from 8-1pm this Saturday, in the front of Supercheap Auto, Mackay.
- You can also visit https://www.gofundme.com/24cdpuk to donate.
EARLIER: Nine-year-old Dakota Rose is seeking treatment in Brisbane for ovarian cancer.
Her sister Angel Grace has started a Gofundme page to raise funds for the family.
"My 9 year old sister has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she had an operation to remove the tumor on Friday and she is starting chemotherapy tomorrow 16/5/2016," Angel Grace who started the page said.
"My family has to relocate to Brisbane for at least 6 months as she undergoes her treatment.
"My parents have had to leave their jobs behind and Dakota and our family will be very greatful (sic) for all the support we get."
Almost $2000 has been raised so far.
You can help, donate here.