SUPER TROUPER: Kitty Wilson didn't let cancer get in the way of her fifth birthday celebrations on June 18.
SUPER TROUPER: Kitty Wilson didn't let cancer get in the way of her fifth birthday celebrations on June 18. Karen Corskie

Proserpine Lioness Club to hold Cash 4 Kitty Cabaret in July

WHEN four-year-old Kitty Wilson woke up refusing to walk because her leg hurt, her family could never have prepared themselves for the devastating news they were about to hear.

Kitty was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in November last year, the most common, solid form of childhood cancer that usually occurs in children aged zero to five years.

Kitty's family, based in Proserpine, had to relocate to Brisbane for her treatment and have been residing there for more than six months.

Proserpine Lioness Club secretary Sue McLeod knew Kitty's grandmother, Kay Corskie, and when she heard of the situation her club rallied to help, organising the Cash 4 Kitty Cabaret event.

"We thought we would like to help them out and what better way to do it than to have a bit of a fun and do a cabaret,” Ms McLeod said.

"We like to focus on the more local aspect, helping those in need directly, so this is just something we thought we could do to help them and ease the burden a little bit.”

The cabaret will be a lively evening filled with feel-good music, dancing, a raffle and entertainment provided by the Baby Boomers.

All proceeds from the event will go towards Kitty Wilson and her family to fund treatment, travel and living expenses.

Kitty's mother, Karen Corskie said she was overwhelmed by the support of the Proserpine community.

"We're so lucky to come from such a good community and we're really thankful for what everybody's done for us,” Ms Corskie said.

Ms Corskie said Kitty had undergone six rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant over the past six months as well as multiple blood transfusions.

Kitty began radiation therapy on Wednesday.

She encouraged the community to be active during blood drives to support cancer patients.

"I think a lot of people don't realise how much blood Kitty's had to get over this time,” she said.

"It is hard to donate blood there but anyone who can donate blood would be amazing.”

Tickets for the Cash 4 Kitty Cabaret are available for purchase by phoning 0447 327 371 or at the door.

Blood donations can be made at the Red Cross Blood Donor Centre in Sydney St, Mackay.

CASH 4 KITTY

  • WHEN: Saturday, July 28, 7pm until late
  • WHERE: Proserpine RSL
  • COST: $10 a person

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