Jade shares a dream
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
JADE Demczyszyn had to make a decision, a trip to Dreamworld or something her whole family could enjoy.
Her parents were to fill out application papers for consideration by the Make a Wish Foundation.
"At first she wanted to go to Dreamworld, but after she thought about it a bit she said she would prefer something the whole family could enjoy,'' her mother Barbara said yesterday.
Jade, who has a life threatening condition, decided that her Make a Wish dream would be to have a swimming pool. On Saturday Jade had a joint celebration for her recent 11th birthday and the launch of the family's new pool.
The party was attended by family and friends, the foundation's Barbara Cavan-agh and Gladstone pool builders McKewen and Margaret Hosking.
Mrs Demczyszyn said Jade has had a brain tumour since the age of two. "Unfortunately the tumour can't be removed because it is too close to the spine,'' she said.
She is constantly in and out of hospital. She is also on medication for depression and anger management.
"Sometimes she can't understand why this has happened to her,'' Barbara said.
However, she said most of the time Jade was a considerate girl who thought of other people and her family ? Barbara, father Dave, brothers Christopher, 9, Bailey, 8, and sister Zoe, 4.
"It was nice to see how excited she was to have the pool ? she was really looking forward to having a pool party,'' Barbara said.
Regional Make a Wish granting co-ordinator Barbara Cavanagh said all Make a Wish applications had to be assessed before they were approved.
The child is interviewed to ensure that the "wish'' is that of the child not the parents.
She said the foundation, where possible, tried to benefit the local area, that was why the Hoskings assistance was sought.
"This is the second pool they had built for the foundation,'' she said.