THE Gladstone region is digging deep for the battle fund of three-year-old Abi Wilkinson who is waging her own war in a Brisbane hospital.
So far the city has raised $16,700 for the youngster who was left a paraplegic after a traffic accident on April 4.
Suffering from a broken neck following the head-on collision, the family has incurred immense costs for medical expenses, lost wages and living away from home expenses.
A special moment occurred on Wednesday morning when a simple message was able to be conveyed by Abi to her doting parents Tanya and Paul Wilkinson.
"Abi loves reading books and this morning we were able to lip read her and we could tell straight away what she wanted," she said.
"Control has been taken away from her so it was so special to be able to give her exactly what she asked for."
The Wilkinson family remains together in the Mater Hospital in Brisbane.
Abi's older brother and sister returned to school on Wednesday, taking their classes at the hospital.
The Mater Hospital is taking every step to ensure the young family receives support.
"She is the apple of everyone's eyes," Mrs Wilkinson said of her youngest daughter.
"The nurses are brilliant and it's so touching to know that a lot of people care for us."
Overcoming a bout of pneumonia, the strength of the Wilkinson's little angel is touching hearts from across the globe.
Currently roller derby leagues from as far as Michigan and Glasgow, central Queensland SeaFM, Gladstone PCYC Roller Derby, Gladrock Transport, the Capricornian bank, Insane and Rockhampton and CQ car clubs are all on board to raise funds.
Two bus drivers employed by BusLink are passing tins to raise money from passengers wishing to contribute to the cause.
Driver David Bussey said the fundraising would continue for as long as it was needed.
"We won't stop until we have raised enough money to support the family."
So far $16,779 has been raised by 280 people in 16 days.
THE STORY SO FAR:
April 4: Car crash injures four of the five Wilkinsons.
April 8: Abi opens her eyes for the first time.
April 9: The $9000 mark was reached in only 36 hours of a fundraising page being established.
April 23: Brother James and sister Tobi returned to school.