Help conquer CF

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Billy Jack and Arrabella Lawrence are both doing their bit to raise awareness and much needed funds for cystic fibrosis research.
Camera IconBilly Jack and Arrabella Lawrence are both doing their bit to raise awareness and much needed funds for cystic fibrosis research. Credit: Pierra Willix

At 10 years old, Witchcliffe’s Arrabella Lawrence must take up to 30 tablets a day to keep the symptoms of cystic fibrosis at bay.

Diagnosed with the condition at three weeks of age, Arrabella must also undergo daily physiotherapy sessions.

Her mum, Elle, said living with CF had become a part of the family’s life, but they tried to keep it in the background as much as possible.

“Arrabella is quite independent with it all. It’s all in a day’s work for her,” she said.

However, helping to raise awareness of the condition is a cause everyone in the family has been part of, including six- year-old brother Billy Jack, who is part of a video with his sister that will be played at this month’s Capel Vale Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Grand Ball.

Along with six other South West children, Arrabella and Billy Jack will also feature in an awareness video to be revealed on the night.

The powerful video which gives insight into the lives of not only children with the disease but also their siblings.

The generosity of Arrabella’s close friend, Bella Fairbrass, will also be highlighted at the ball. Bella cut her hair short to raise $1700 for Conquer Cystic Fibrosis last year.

The girls’ school, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, raised a further $1000 through the Colour Run.

Cystic Fibrosis WA’s 65 Roses Day will be held on May 24, with the Lawrence family organising to sell roses through local businesses Landmark, Kin Hair Salon, Witchy Liquor and C’Lect-a-Blind.

Businesses interested in supplying or buying roses can phone Elle on 0433 982 772.

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