VIDEO: Volunteers rally to light up Miami-Lee’s dream

ROCKHAMPTON'S Tony and Katrina Mauger just wanted to make what could be their daughter's last wish come true.

Their daughter, Miami-Lee Mauger, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August 2013, and has since undergone chemo

therapy, radiation and two brain operations, one which resulted in the 6-year-old suffering a stroke.

Miami-Lee's tumour has now progressed from a stage three to a stage four.

In order to make the most of the time Miami-Lee has, her parents sought help from a charity organisation to help make their daughter's wish of her house being decorated in Frozen-themed Christmas lights come true.

But last week the organisation said it wasn't able to make Miami-Lee's wish come true.

But that didn't stop the CQ community getting together to make it come true.

STAYING POSITIVE: Katrina and Tony Mauger are hoping Miami-Lee’s face lights up when she sees her house decorated in lights next weekend, after she gets out of hospital.
STAYING POSITIVE: Katrina and Tony Mauger are hoping Miami-Lee’s face lights up when she sees her house decorated in lights next weekend, after she gets out of hospital. Chris Ison

Katrina's Facebook post about the organisation not being able to grant Miami-Lee's wish circulated social media and within five minutes, people had donated $500 and were offering to decorate the house.

As of tomorrow, members of the community will meet at the Mauger residence, where they'll hang donated Christmas lights and Frozen-themed lights all over the house and front yard.

Tony and Katrina said it was an amazing feeling to have the support of the community.

"It's so great to have this sort of help after being let down a few times, we're so thankful to everyone," Tony said.

"I can't wait to see her little face light up when she sees the house all decorated in the lights and the Frozen theme," Katrina said.

"The tumour is taking over, nothing is certain anymore, so this will be a wish for her and a memory for us."

Family friend Jodi Keogh has organised for volunteers to decorate the house from 8.30am tomorrow morning.

"Something needed to be done to help Miami and to see the community band together and really pitch in was amazing," she said.

"People have donated Christmas lights, extension cords, Frozen-themed PJs and people have even taken days off work to help put the lights up.

"We've even had people donate funds from the UK, so it's very touching and it makes me realise that if ever I was in the same boat, there are good people out there.

"Last year we did the walk for Miami-Lee which raised funds for brain cancer, but this year the focus is on helping Miami and her family out.

"I'm also doing a raffle to raise $10,000, as they need $50,000 if they decide to go ahead with an operation."

HELP OUT:

Saturday, November 21: The big unveil of the Miami-Lee's house, at 380 Richardson Rd, where her parents are putting on a BBQ for anyone who wants to come along .

Sunday, December 6: A Frozen-theme party at the Crazy Joker to celebrate Miami-Lee; members of the public are invited.

To buy raffle tickets phone 0438 549 394.



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