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1 December, 2020

Heart for Missy

In August of this year, Malanda’s Missy Clarkson lost her battle with cancer.

By Phil Brandel

A drone photo of the giant red heart taken by Richard Hopkinson from Aeroscan

Heart for Missy

In August of this year, Malanda’s Missy Clarkson lost her battle with cancer. The 13-year-old had been fighting leukaemia for many years, enduring bone-marrow transplants and she was placed in remission in 2018 before the illness took hold again.

As a way of remembering Missy on Friday, November 27 the Malanda State School decided to show their support by all wearing red and lining up in the shape of a giant red heart.

Malanda State School Principal Mark Allen said the aim of the day was to raise awareness about Missy’s long four year battle with cancer.

“There were about 500 students and teachers standing outside in red, along with Missy’s parents Anj and Rob,” he said.

“There were lots of tears and hugs for Anj and Rob and for the students who miss Missy.

“It was a touching experience, which will be a lasting memory for the children. It was a powerful symbol of the Malanda Family.”

The giant heart was part of a weekend-long event to say goodbye to Missy which also included a celebration of her life at the Malanda Showground's which took place on Saturday, November 28.

 



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