Mackenzie sets her sights on the Field of Light

Shedding light on indigenous heritage

Mackenzie is going home to meet her indigenous roots! Soon 10-year-old Mackenzie will be able to connect with her heritage in Uluru now her wish to visit there and see the wondrous Field of Light has been granted. Wonderfully outgoing, creative, and artistic, Mackenzie really wants to get to know her place in Australia’s indigenous culture after learning all about her grandmother. As Mackenzie’s mum, Karen, explains, “My mum is from Cobar in north-western NSW, about 8 hours’ drive from our home in Castle Hill, and this is where our indigenous connection lies.”

Recovering with 'Dr Dial A Pizza'

Battling through 12 months of diagnostic tests including scans and biopsies before finally being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a rare cancer of the lymphatic system, in March 2021, Mackenzie is now through her chemotherapy at Westmead Children’s Hospital under the watchful eye of ‘Dr Dial A Pizza’ (a.k.a. Dr Dalla Pozza) as he calls himself.

“We are so proud of Mackenzie,” Karen says. “We kept as normal a life as possible for her and her 7-year-old brother Beau during her treatment with Mackenzie turning up at hospital in her school uniform, determined to head to class afterwards."

Karen, Mackenzie's mum

We‘re really looking forward to hearing and seeing what Mackenzie thinks and feels when she sees the fabulous Field of Light… a huge exhibition of 50,000 spindles of light which sway through the desert at Uluru… and meets her indigenous heritage.

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