By LUCY VICKERS - North Shore Times | Friday, 31 October 2008
Five-year-old Bianca White has to go into hospital once a month for intensive chemotherapy, blood transfusions and steroid treatments.
Yet she is rarely seen without a smile on her face.
Bianca, from Albany, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June last year.
The following eight months saw her spend 106 days in hospital with infections.
One of her favourite things is to watch Suzy Cato’s Suzy’s World DVDs, which show science and food experiments.
So as part of the Make A Wish programme Bianca requested to spend time with the beloved children’s
She was picked up from her home and taken to The Quadrant where she got to bake three different kinds of cupcakes – one with full ingredients, one with no oil and one with no eggs.
And then they made some instant freezing icecream.
Bianca’s mum Lea says the day was "really brilliant, she had such a great time, the best day ever".
She says her daughter, who has a one-year-old sister Caitlyn, is a happy-go-lucky child who takes it in her stride and never complains.
At the moment she has to take chemo and antiviral preventative tablets every
"She’s in the maintenance phase, which means looking out for and targeting hidden cells.
"It’s an ongoing treatment but hopefully she will be finished by September next year."