Port Lincoln support Gabriella Preuss in leukaemia battle

TREATMENT: Gabriella Preuss, 2, was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this month and is going through treatment in Adelaide. Photo courtesy of the Preuss family.

TREATMENT: Gabriella Preuss, 2, was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this month and is going through treatment in Adelaide. Photo courtesy of the Preuss family.

The Port Lincoln community has rallied behind a local family after its youngest member was diagnosed with leukaemia this month.

Gabriella Preuss had just celebrated her second birthday when she began to feel sick within the week of her birthday, with symptoms of constant lethargy, paleness, loss of appetite and constant temperatures of 41-42 degrees for weeks on end.

Her parents Kyl and Shannon Preuss went back and forth between doctors over a three-week period and was not until seeing a different doctor and after a mix of tests were called and told she had bronchitis.

Mrs Preuss said they were then informed blood results came back with bad results which prompted a stay overnight at Port Lincoln Hospital and repeat blood tests came back with worse results which necessitated a trip with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to Adelaide.

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"Gabriella underwent multiple blood tests, and everything kept coming back fine," she said.

"So they decided to do a bone marrow biopsy on Monday, April 5 and within a couple hours of that, the haematologist that did the biopsy came in and sat us down to tell us it was leukaemia.

"Since then it has been a roller coaster of emotions and learning a lot of new things."

Mrs Preuss said Gabriella had started chemotherapy and the Preuss family would be based in Adelaide for at least the first month of treatment and would decide on what to do following results from the first month of treatment.

Following the news of the diagnosis family and friends got active to support the family with plenty of support shown from the community.

Gabriella's aunt Savana Preuss started a Go Fund Me campaign and in one day nearly hit $10,000 before reaching more than $16,000.

Ms Preuss said she started the campaign the day after learning of Gabriella's diagnosis and the money to help Gabriella's parents be able to stay in Adelaide with their daughter.

"Knowing we have the amount of support we have behind us and knowing that my brother and his family are well loved and looked after by our home town and close friends and family is amazing," she said.

There has also been a fundraising effort from cousin Shakira Fauser, who has been selling key rings at $6 each to help Gabriella with her medical needs.

Poker run planned to help Preuss family

Another fundraiser has been organised with family friends Aidan and Brodie Francis organising the 'Poker Run for Gabriella' for April 26.

Starting from the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre car park the poker run will see participants go to five different stops, picking up a card along the way, finishing at the Port Lincoln Dirt Circuit.

The best hand at the end of the car cruise wins a prize and there will be a bake sale at the dirt circuit as well as food prepared by Sweet and Smokey.

Mr Francis said he and his wife just wanted to do something for Gabriella and her family and this was a good way to raise some money.

"There's been quite a bit of interest from people who said they would come, hopefully we can fill the car park up," he said.

Entry into the car cruise is $20 and registrations open from 9.30am with the cruise to start at 10.30am.

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