It was 10 years ago when the Irwin family was told daughter Daisy was diagnosed with infant leukemia.
She was only 10 weeks old.
Daisy made it clear she wasn’t going anywhere without a fight. After three rounds of chemotherapy as well as a bone marrow transplant, her cancer went into remission.
“Her statistics were very grim, so we’re very fortunate to have her,” said Partrick Irwin, her father.
This September officially marks 10 years of Daisy being cancer-free, which is why the Irwins will hold a party at the Sooke Flats this Sunday (Sept. 13), from noon to 3 p.m. to celebrate that triumph over the disease, with all proceeds going to Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. The public is invited.
“We’re calling it Sister Celebration because we’ve got four daughters. We’ve always done something on the anniversary of her bone marrow transplant,” Irwin said.
With the Sooke Lions Club, RCMP, Sooke Fire Rescue, as well as many others pitching in, this is going to be quite the party. Food and beverages will be available on site, including a lemonade stand set up by the Irwin girls.
Among the attractions will be a fire truck and a police car. Present will also be Daisy’s first Tour de Rock rider, RCMP officer Tasha Adams. Adams took part in the event eight years ago for Daisy, and was posted to Ottawa five years ago.
Daisy, a junior rider on Tour de Rock, has two riders riding for her in this year’s event.