Tyler granted wish
LITTLE four-year-old cancer survivor Tyler Goulding had no trouble finding Nemo when he was presented with his very own aquarium from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Tyler's wish for an orange-themed marine sea world was the 100th wish to be granted to a child with a life-threatening condition by the Bundaberg Make-A-Wish branch.
Mum Sara Goulding said Tyler was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma - cancer of the muscle - one week after his second birthday.
"He had a lump on his back that we noticed," she said.
"A part of me thought it was something sinister."
After countless testing, little Tyler was diagnosed with the cancer and the family, who were living in Cairns at the time, spent the next five months in Brisbane so he could start treatment.
"He had 10 months of having chemotherapy every week," she said.
"He also got six weeks radiation.
"It burnt him so bad we ended up in the burns unit."
Mrs Goulding said Tyler had been in remission since Valentine's Day last year, and it had been a dream come true to now have his own fish tank.
"This kid has been through so much," she said.
"He loves all aspects of fish and fishing - this is something for Tyler."
Make-A-Wish Foundation Bundaberg president Pat Russell said it had been an exciting day at Sea-Base Aquariums on Saturday.
"You shouldn't really get excited about granting wishes because that means there are so many sick children," she said.
Mrs Russell said Tyler, who doesn't talk very much following the months of treatment, kept saying "Nemo" when he was shown his new fish tank.
"He doesn't need to talk - his eyes and expressions tell it all," she said.
"It was just magic."
Mrs Russell said it was simple wishes, like Tyler's, that meant so much to the team of dedicated volunteers.
"They're all special, but a little simple one like this for a little boy was pretty special," she said.
"Our greatest wish of all would be to not have sick children."
Mrs Russell said preparations were already under way to fulfil the charity's 101st wish.