Brave cancer fighter Amelia “Milli” Lucas celebrated her 14th birthday last weekend — a milestone her mum called an “amazing feat” despite the “sadness that is coming.”
The Perth schoolgirl was first diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in 2016, a Grade VI Glioblastoma.
When the cancer returned in 2019, Milli’s family raised $170,000 for surgery with Sydney neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo, capturing the hearts of thousands of Australians in the process.
The surgery successfully removed 98 per cent of the tumour — but Milli’s family received the crushing news that the teenager’s cancer had returned in March this year.
“Happy birthday for our Milli,” Milli’s mother Monica Smirk wrote on Facebook yesterday.
“I remember lying in bed with Grant [Milli’s Dad] when Milli was first diagnosed and said to him if we can get our girl to 14 then that would be an amazing feat.
“We should have been so ecstatic and happy that we got her here, but in the back of our minds we know the sadness that is coming.
“So hard to be happy, for both of us we tried and made sure she had an awesome day.”
Milli spent the day at the beach and at home with her family. She also enjoyed a visit from the Secret Harbour Fire Brigade.
The teenager has a rare genetic condition, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, that predisposes carriers to a lifetime risk of a wide variety of cancers.
Ms Smirk’s post has racked up over 1000 likes and 300 supportive comments.
“Keep shining bright beautiful girl,” wrote one Facebook user.
“Happy birthday beautiful Milli, life certainly doesn’t feel fair, yet you take on the world with your fighting spirit,” another wrote.
Milli will celebrate her birthday with a skydive at Rockingham beach this Sunday – a gift her mum described as her “dream.”
“To everyone who has messaged, sent cards, given pressies and well wishes we are eternally grateful that Milli had an awesome day and gets her dream,” she wrote.