Rally for 'king' of kids
Aaron Richardson spent last Halloween in hospital undergoing eight hours of blood transfusions as part of his battle with a rare form of leukaemia.
This year Aaron hopes to celebrate the October 31 event a little more traditionally.
He might even don a jumpsuit and sunglasses, the likes of which were made famous by the king of rock and roll, Elvis.
Aaron, 10, and his family are set to seek out their best costumes, decorate the family van and take part in the third annual IGA Sunshine Coast Car Rally.
The rally, which is expected to attract up to 150 vehicles, raises much-needed funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
It was the foundation that helped the Richardson family through the past year by providing accommodation and support.
For mum Stacey it has been a big support in the devastating time since Aaron's diagnosis in June last year.
“I couldn't be thankful enough to the Leukaemia Foundation,” she said.
“We want to try to give back and raise awareness of the organisation.
“They provided our home for 10 months in Brisbane while Aaron was receiving constant treatment, and a support network for our family.”
Since his diagnosis, the Mountain Creek survivor has endured endless bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to the brain.
“At first we were told that with the level of leukaemia in Aaron's body he shouldn't have been alive,” Stacey said.
“He is really strong.”
Long-time rally volunteer and Whites IGA Bli Bli store manager Regan Jensen is asking the community to jump on board and pledge their support for the foundation and people like Aaron.
“We've managed to raise almost $90,000 during the past two years through the rally but we're hoping the community will embrace the Halloween theme this year and help us double this figure,” Ms Jensen said.
Five Queenslanders a day are diagnosed with leukaemia or blood-related cancer.
The IGA Sunshine Coast Car Rally is being held on Saturday, October 31.
It starts at Australia Zoo and will finish at Noosa about 1pm.
To register, drop into your local IGA or call 5479 2068.“We want to try to give back and raise awareness of the organisation.”