Scenic Rim mother battling cancer receives special gifts

Rona Glennie took her children Ashley, 12, and Ren, 6, to the park to enjoy the afternoon riding their bicycles. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

Rona Glennie took her children Ashley, 12, and Ren, 6, to the park to enjoy the afternoon riding their bicycles. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

A KNAPPS Creek family, rocked by a cancer diagnosis, have been gifted two bicycles after Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) made a generous donation to two children’s charities.

QUU staff assembled 70 bicycles to present to Camp Quality and the Deaf Society to bring joy to children living with illness or disability.

One of the Camp Quality participants was Knapps Creek resident Rona Glennie who received bicycles for her children Ashley and Ren.

Ms Glennie said she was overjoyed to see Ashley and Ren enjoy their bicycles after attending the presentation of the gifts.

“It meant the world to me to see them so happy,” she said. 

“The event was connected to me, but it wasn’t about me – it was something for them that I could just stand back and enjoy.

“I watched Ashley and Ren ride around on those bikes, having a good time for an hour before we went home.”

She said her family have been “out in the open air” ever since they received the bicycles.

Ms Glennie was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in 2016 and has undergone numerous treatments and operations.

“I am being treated every day for radiation and have to drive to the Gold Coast and back every day so it can be hard some times to do things with my children,” she said.

Ms Glennie said joining Camp Quality has given her opportunities to take her children to events and was grateful for the invitation to receive QUU’s gifts.

“When I first got told I had breast cancer, all I could think of was, how do I still be a mother while dealing with this? I was the soccer mum, the pony club mum, the driving mum and the list went on so I kept thinking how are we going to do it?”

Ms Glennie said her husband Wayne and her children were very supportive and have kept her positive through the hard times.

“There is no other option but to be positive in our household, Wayne and Ashley have dealt with this so well and we have been trying to shield Ren for the most part,” she said. 

Ms Glennie said her current treatment was curing her cancer.

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