Lily steps into a dream come true

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WANGARATTA’S Lily Wadley, 10, recently realised a dream when she spent an afternoon with her favourite illustrator, Terry Denton, thanks to Make-A-Wish Australia. The visit marked the end of Lily’s therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, following her diagnosis in 2017. As Make-A-Wish prepares for a major fundraiser this month, Lily (now in remission) and her family are keen to make others aware of how important the group’s uplifting efforts can be for children and their loved ones.

Drawing has been a salve for Wangaratta youngster Lily Wadley since her leukaemia diagnosis in February, 2017.

“Before Lily was diagnosed, she was bubbly, bright and happy – which she is again now – but with diagnosis, she went very much inside her shell, she barely spoke, and that’s when she started to draw,” her mum, Kat, explained.

“That’s been her solitude during her treatment.

”So when she was given the chance to have a dream realised through Make-A-Wish Australia, 10 year old Lily combined her love of drawing, and of the Treehouse book series, to request a meeting with favourite illustrator Terry Denton.

With mum Kat, dad Simon and 12 year old sister Ella, Lily visited the popular artist’s home on the Mornington Peninsula over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, enjoying a spot of drawing alongside him, before a yummy afternoon tea featuring all her favourite snacks.


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