Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and significant restrictions in place around gatherings and travel, our “Be A Pineapple” Guinness World Record attempt, our "Reef 2 Water" JetSki Trek and our Blue Bottle Gala Dinner have all been postponed until it is safe to proceed. Please watch this space for further updates - Blue Bottle will be back BIGGER and BETTER than ever just as soon as we can!!
Alana’s Cancer Journey
Alana loved Netball, and was Goal Shooter for the Collaroy Plateau U14A team when she got sick. Alana was a valuable member of various Rescue & Resuscitation (R&R) teams and March Past teams for Collaroy Surf Lifesaving Club, and won several NSW Surf Lifesaving titles before she got sick. She was also a patrolling member at Collaroy. Alana was a member of the Manly Warringah Little Athletics Club as an accomplished “chucker”, competing at state level in the Shotput and Discus events.
Alana was diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer in children, on 4 October 2017. Within three days she had undergone major surgery to stabilise her spine and remove tumours. Not only did Alana have to learn to walk again, but she had to endure so many challenges throughout her treatment.
Alana’s Bravery Beads
Alana’s treatment included the following
insertion of central line
major back surgery
insertion of Vas-Cath to enable Stem Cell harvesting
38 tests and scans
16 rounds of chemotherapy
16 rounds of radiotherapy
46 blood transfusions
29 platelet transfusions
more than 200 injections
literally thousands of pills to swallow
2 visits to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Our beautiful Pineapple Princess was gone ….
13 Facts about Kids Cancer
Throughout Alana’s fight against cancer, she received 46 blood transfusions and 29 platelet transfusions. We used to call them her “tomato juice” and “pineapple juice”. These blood products made Alana feel better almost immediately, and helped her continue her fight.
After being exposed to the importance of blood products in the treatment of cancer, and after losing our beautiful Alana, we have become regular blood and plasma donors, and we encourage others to donate as well. We promise that you will feel great after donating, knowing that you have truly helped prolong and save lives …
Thank you to all those special donors who helped our Alana, and who help cancer patients every day. Thank you Red Cross Lifeblood for enabling this.