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The Southern Cross : February 2012
February 2012 Page 23 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | In a backyard In Oakden, a special fairy garden has been created to remember Catholic School girl Chelsea Lethangomites. Chelsea died of brain stem cancer in July last year -- five months after she was diagnosed with the terminal tumour and despite an eleventh hour dash to Germany for what was to be life-saving treatment, as reported by The Southern Cross in May last year. Her parents Petrea and Nick have been able to use some of the funds raised for Chelsea's treatment by family, friends and the St Martin's Primary School community to create a memorial garden at their home. "When Chelsea was still alive, I told her I was thinking of turning our courtyard into a fairy garden and asked what she thought I would need," said Mrs Lethangomites. "She gave me a list: fairies, red and white mushrooms, butterflies, and sunflowers (her favourite). I cherished this list." The garden was blessed at a special ceremony with some of Chelsea's school friends. "Whilst the garden is no consolation for our loss, knowing that she is still home with us and is still a part of our family, gives us great comfort and peace," said Mrs Lethangomites. Chelsea's family want to thank all their supporters and raise awareness of Diffuse Intrinisc Pontine Glioma (DIPG) and its 99.5 percent mortality rate as well as the need for far greater research. "While I realise that there are many childhood diseases that carry the possibility of death, what is tragically devastating is that DIPG's are instant death sentences, there is no fighting chance," she said. Chelsea's family is donating remaining funds raised for their daughter to relevant charities, including the The Cure Starts Now Foundation -- a global group fighting for a cure for brainstem glioma. For more information visit: http://chapters.thecurestartsnow. org/australia/ FOR CHELSEA: Isaac in the garden created for his sister Chelsea following her few last wishes. Fairy friends forever Starting your teaching career? Then why not go with an award-winning Fund dedicated to your sector? NGS Super is the Industry SuperFund dedicated to education and community-focused organisations. Recently named in the top 10 super funds in Australia for 2012*, NGS Super's products and services are among the best in the country! * SuperRatings p Low fees p Run only to benefit members p No commissions www.ngssuper.com.au 1300 133 177 Issued by NGS Super Pty Limited ABN 46 003 491 487 AFSL No 233 154 the Trustee of NGS Super ABN 73 549 180 515