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Band to the rescue

Monday, 28th November, 2011

DADDY’S GIRL: Emily Roberts with her dad, Justin, who is preparing for two this month next month to help raise money for Emily’s bone marrow transplant. DADDY’S GIRL: Emily Roberts with her dad, Justin, who is preparing for two this month next month to help raise money for Emily’s bone marrow transplant.

By Emily Roberts

A local band is putting on two specials shows to raise money for a little girl who suffers from a type of anaemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.

Two-and-a-half year-old Emily Roberts has a rare disorder known as Diamond Blackfan Anaemia.

According to her father, Justin, this means she doesn’t produce red blood cells and is undergoing six-weekly blood transfusions to return the red blood cell count to a normal level.

“We can’t do that forever and while she is young enough she will have a bone marrow transplant,” said Mr Roberts who added that the transplant will require a three-month stay in Sydney.

“It will cure it instead of doing what they are doing,” he said.

Mr Roberts was in a band called The Figs and they have reformed to put on two fundraising shows to help raise money for Emily to have the transplant.

On December 9 The Figs will play at the Southern Cross Hotel and all they are asking from patrons is a gold coin donation.

There will also be two meat raffles on the night and the hotel has pledged 10 per cent of the bar takings to the cause.

The band will also play at the Palace Hotel on December 17.

“My wife’s friends have started a trust fund in Emily’s name, so any money raised will go into that,” Mr Roberts said.

He said that Emily was handling everything well.

“If you looked at her you wouldn’t know she was sick. Kids at that age are pretty resilient,” he said.

“We’re hoping the community gets behind us and supports us.”

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