Charlee loses battle with brain tumour at age five
FIVE-year-old Charlee Ferrar fought a hard, 19-month battle with an aggressive brain tumour that sadly took her life at 6.05am Sunday.
On March 31, 2013, Charlee fell and bumped her head, with subsequent tests revealing the then three-year-old had a life-threatening brain tumour.
Although the diagnosis was dire, Charlee's mother Jamie said the family remained hopeful until the very end.
"We tried to stay positive the whole time and Charlee was the most positive girl in the world," she said.
"Her strong will and determination always stood out, if she wanted something she made sure she got it, she was really bright and bubbly as well. She was one of those kids that lit up a room.
"It was the most challenging time of our lives but we made some of the best memories, Charlee taught us to focus on what's important and not to worry about the little things - she taught us to live life to the fullest.
"She was the most inspirational person ever and encouraged us to continue making a difference and to try and find a cure for this cancer."
Support has flooded in for the Ferrar family this week. Mrs Ferrar said that although it had been a hard time for them, they were happy Charlee was free and out of pain.
"It was quite sudden, we'd been told it wasn't very far away but she was doing so well. Her last day was very unique; she was singing, dancing and she was really happy," Mrs Ferrar said.
"We tried to hang on to hope and stay as positive as we could. We were waiting for a miracle but maybe the miracle was the extra time we got to spend with her.
"We received so much support, it's been overwhelming and without it we could not have gotten through this."