The Ballina community can support Danielle Slade, 23, who was recently told she had just six months to live.
The Ballina community can support Danielle Slade, 23, who was recently told she had just six months to live.

Shine a light for brave Danielle

LOCAL people are being given the chance to allow some light to shine in the darkness surrounding a gravely-ill young woman.

Danielle Slade, who has been fighting a vicious type of leukemia for more than two years, was recently told she had six months to live.

Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in April 2009, the 23-year-old Ballina beauty has kept her spirits high during her long ordeal, inspiring her friends with her courage.

One of them, Angelique Sines, said: "Danielle's attitude throughout this whole journey has been that she wants to fight and win against this awful disease, her posts on Facebook are uplifting and Danielle has inspired so many because of this."

But in July, eight months after a marrow transplant, doctors told her there was nothing more they could do.

"I relapsed again, with the leukemia coming back with a vengeance, basically wiping out nearly all my healthy cells in my bone marrow," Danielle said.

It was a devastating blow after many rounds of chemotherapy, remissions and renewed hope.

Now she is looking at an alternative treatment, to be bought from overseas, and the chance to tick off some of the things on her wish list, among them a skydive and a brief holiday with her loved ones in Bali.

But she needs a little financial help so family and friends have organised a Dragonfly Family Funday this Saturday, to raise some funds to bring some joy into her final weeks.

To be held at the Shaws Bay Pub this Saturday, from noon until 6pm, the "bucket list" day will feature several raffles, silent auctions and music from the Smooth Grooves Band, as well as plenty of activities for the kids.

"I'm not frightened of death," Danielle said. "All I want is a chance to try and fight and with your help maybe we can win this battle."