Four-year-old Ella will walk to cure cancer
LIFE changed for the Flor family one year ago after Ella, then 3, fell while dancing around at her father's work and what seemed like a sore knee turned into something a little more sinister.
Mother Emma Flor said they thought it was a bit strange their healthy little girl kept complaining about the knee a day or two later and so took her to the doctors to investigate.
"She stopped walking and refused to put weight on it and so the doctors sent her off for some scans and blood tests," Mrs Flor said.
"We went back to the doctors and they said her white cell blood count was really low and the Brisbane doctors were concerned about this so off we of went to Brisbane.
"She had her bone marrow aspirated and that's when they found the leukaemia cells.
"Ella has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia - we were shocked and our lives were turned up-side-down."
Mrs Flor said Ella was admitted straight away and they couldn't return to home to Bundaberg.
"We were in Brisbane for five weeks this time with intensive treatment," she said.
"The treatment made her very lethargic, some medicine increased her appetite and another made all her hair fall out."
When asked Ella described moments of being sick and the treatment she had and how it made her feel and her parents said she understood completely what she had to go through.
Mr Flor said he thought his daughter was resilient and brave.
"Our life changed, we basically turned into a family of hermits too worried about going out as Ella had to be isolated," he said.
Mrs Flor said the regular trips to Brisbane and doctors were made bearable because of the support the family was given by the Leukaemia Foundation.
The regions Leukaemia Foundation co-ordinator Sue-Ellen Pitt said support was given to patients with all blood cancers, which included leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
"We will hold our annual Light the Night walk to raise awareness and donations can be made to fund research," Ms Pitt said.
"To help support families like Ella and her parents."
"Last financial year Bundaberg was the biggest user of our services to Brisbane and we are encouraging the community to register now."
Everyone who attends Light the Night will walk about 3km, carrying one of three coloured lanterns; gold to remember someone, white for their own journey, or blue to show they care.
And even though Ella is determined her favourite colour is blue she will carry a white lantern to show her own quest to conquer cancer.
Light the Night walk
Where: Nielsen Park, Bargara Foreshore Reserve, Bundaberg
When: Friday 9 October from 5.30pm walk commences at 7pm
Why: Light a lantern, fundraise and join an inspiring walk in support of blood cancer patients
Visit http://www.lightthenight.org.au or call 1800 500 088 to register