Dance for Lexie to help her beat grim diagnosis

GORGEOUS GIRL: A fund-raising disco will be held in Griffith on August 16 in support of little Lexie Witton, 6, who is battling leukaemia.

GORGEOUS GIRL: A fund-raising disco will be held in Griffith on August 16 in support of little Lexie Witton, 6, who is battling leukaemia.

WITH her cheeky smile and beautiful blue eyes you can't help but love little Lexie Witton.

The six-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) two weeks ago.

When Lexie came home from school complaining of a sore shoulder two months ago it was the start of a rollercoaster ride for parents, Danny and Shannon, and sister, Amity, 10.

"She just came home with a sore shoulder that progressively got worse," Mrs Witton said.

"Initially they thought it was osteomyelitis. She spent two weeks in Griffith Hospital, two weeks in Wagga and a month in Sydney.

"The pain moved to her arm and ankles and she stopped walking. It took a long time to get a diagnosis because she presented differently than most kids.

"She is now on a high dose of steroids and chemotherapy. She has to have routine bone marrow tests and lumbar punctures.

"You never think you'll be delivered this kind of news. The support we have been offered has been overwhelming, but so touching."

The Wittons have a long road ahead, with two years of treatment needed to fight the cancer that affects the bone marrow.

Friends have rallied and have set up the Lexie Witton Fund to help.

Fund-raising committee president Jenna Woodland said they would kick off fund-raising on Lexie's seventh birthday, August 16, with a Let it Glow Disco at Melissa Brown's Dance Studio.

"It is fund-raising, but also about the kids getting involved," she said.

"The disco will be fully supervised, so parents can just drop off and pick up.

"We will even have a birthday cake. Lexie won't be there because she will be having treatment."

To purchase tickets for the disco call to MDS Studio or for more information call Melissa on 0407 408 434.

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