Summary: Seven-year-old Daisy Pearse from Mildura undergoes cancer treatment in Melbourne, 550 kilometers away, unable to attend school or participate in normal activities.
Daisy Pearse, a seven-year-old girl from Mildura, Victoria, is battling B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, undergoing treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. For the past six months, Daisy has had to travel almost 550 kilometers from her home to receive treatment. This distance has prevented her from attending school and participating in sports and other activities. Her parents, Ashlynne and Steven, are frustrated by the lack of suitable treatment options available locally, causing Daisy to miss out on a normal childhood. While there is a program that provides treatment closer to home for patients in other regional areas, Mildura is not included, leaving Daisy and her family in a difficult situation. The emotional toll on the family has been significant, as they have been forced to live apart during Daisy’s treatment, with her father accompanying her on the long trips to Melbourne while her mother and younger brother stay in Mildura. Ashlynne Pearse emphasizes the importance of having a local treatment option, not only for Daisy’s convenience but also for the family’s well-being.
Tags: Daisy Pearse, cancer treatment, Mildura, Royal Children’s Hospital, leukemia, regional areas, lack of options, living apart, emotional toll, local treatment option