Maggie Coppin, 5, will be taking be part in the Relay for Life this year as a survivor of leukemia.
Maggie Coppin, 5, will be taking be part in the Relay for Life this year as a survivor of leukemia. Claudia Baxter

Leukemia survivor, 5, is walking tall

HAVING already battled leukemia, the upcoming Ipswich Relay for Life should be a walk in the park for little Maggie Coppin.

The five-year-old from North Ipswich was born with the cancer and was forced to undergo bouts of chemotherapy and surgery in the very first weeks of her life.

It was an against-the-odds battle that Maggie somehow won, but not without providing parents Anne Wright and John Coppin with the scare of their lives.

"She started chemotherapy at two-and-a-half weeks of age, and had an unrelated bone marrow transplant at three months of age, and been in remission since," Ms Wright said.

"That time hasn't been without struggle or near misses either. It was a bit touch and go, but Maggie managed to pull through and now all we want to do is give back in appreciation for all the support we received during her fight against cancer."

Maggie will join her mum, dad and little sister Ruby in the Relay for Life at Jim Finimore Oval, Leichhardt on April 20-21.

The young family is part of the Boob-a-licious Babes team that is preparing to participate in the event for the second consecutive year.

Ms Wright said that after being nursed through the course by her dad last year, Maggie was now strong enough to walk for herself.

"We are very much looking forward to the Relay for Life after being so inspired last year," she said.

Maggie will be one of the younger faces among a crowd of hundreds of cancer survivors and carers to be honoured during special ceremonies, including the survivor's walk, during which survivors and carers officially open the event by completing the first lap.

They will then receive a complimentary morning tea .

All funds raised through Relay For Life contribute to Cancer Council Queensland's world class research, education programs and patient support services.

 

Leukemia

  • There are four categories of leukemia that affect the blood and bone marrow
  • About 11,500 Australians will be newly diagnosed with leukemia or other blood disorders this year
  • Blood cancer is the second biggest cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia


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