Sydnee, 5 years old, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Sydnee is a gorgeous girl with a larger-than-life personality and a level of confidence well beyond her young age.
In 2017 Sydnee was just four years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The next two years involved a series of medical tests, and long term visits and treatment in Starship’s paediatric oncology ward, where Sydnee endured a gruelling treatment plan that involved chemotherapy, resulting in Sydnee losing her hair in the process.
Sydnee’s mum Amanda made her gorgeous woollen wigs to wear while Sydnee looked forward to growing her long hair again. As of April 2019, Sydnee, now 6, is currently in the last stages of her treatment journey.
Sydnee’s mum was given a Make-A-Wish Application form from their support person at Starship Hospital – and the born-performer-Sydnee was very clear about what her one true wish would be: “To perform on-stage in a live show to her favourite music from the Frozen movie”.
The Make-A-Wish team worked with Ponsonby School of Dance to curate “Sydnee’s Snowflake Spectacular” on a real stage in front of an audience of Sydnee’s friends and family. Everyone was transfixed as Sydnee danced alongside the ballerinas, a show that brought smiles and happy tears to everyone present. A truly beautiful experience for Sydnee to treasure forever!
"Mummy, I really don't want today to end!"
Sydnee, Star Performer
Before the show, Sydnee and her friends were treated to a party and fairy makeover at The Fairy Shop, then the star performer was chauffeured by Hummerzine to the performance venue at Alan Melville hall, in central Auckland.
Sydnee was also treated as a special guest at the Nutcracker performance by the Royal NZ Ballet company, and was honoured with a back-stage meet and greet with the professional ballerinas after the show.
“The good memories that we will have of this time, will more than balance out the tough ones we have of her still in treatment. We truely thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for all that you have done for us,” Amanda, Sydnee’s mum.