Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Touching Tales of Triumph and Tragedy Tug at Hearts

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Touching Tales of Triumph and Tragedy Tug at Hearts

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Byline: JANINE HILL

COURAGEOUS kids, hopeless romantics, tragic losses and the triumphant.

They were not always the biggest headlines but the stories that often stuck with readers long after they closed the pages of the paper were the ones about people, just like them.

Bella Harry

Readers followed Bella Harry's story throughout the year.

Bella, 11, of Bli Bli was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in January after bumping her knee.

The diagnosis turned life upside down for her family.

While her mother, Emma, stayed by her side, her father looked after her two younger brothers.

Friends, family and sporting groups rallied to raise money to help the family.

Fundraisers included a gala night at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort in March.

Bella was given a boost when she got to meet actor Johnny Depp when he visited the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane while in Australia filming a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

After 35 weeks of chemotherapy, surgery to replace her femur with a titanium rod, six weeks of radiation treatment and months away from friends, Bella was discharged from hospital in Brisbane in November.

She had her first day back on the Coast with her family on November 19.

Although she still has to have physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, Bella was pleased at the prospect of doing all the normal things she used to do.

"Taking the boys to school, going in the pool, everything really," she said.

Surprise wedding

Anthony Campbell probably earned the rights to the title of the Coast's most romantic man when he surprised his partner, Lilli Schall, with not only a proposal but a wedding.

In a two-part proposal which he sprung on her at Cotton Tree on Sunday, October 18, he not only asked her to marry him but also asked if she would marry him three days later on the Wednesday.

Although the proposal and wedding came upon Lilli suddenly, Anthony had been hatching the plan for months.

The idea to spring a surprise wedding on Lilli along with a surprise proposal came to him when contemplating how to have her German parents present for both.

So he started planning the wedding, sending out invitations, booking a celebrant and Lilli's hair and make-up appointments.

He even lined up his mother to buy three wedding dresses from which Lilli could choose.

He sneakily also had Lilli help build timber tables for their backyard reception under the guise that they were for a friend.

Fortunately, Lilli said yes to not only his proposal but the wedding.

"How much effort he put in is unbelievable," she said before the ceremony.

They were joined by 42 family and friends at their Bli Bli home for the wedding and celebration.

Paramedic's fire

The destruction of a Cooroy paramedic's home by fire on Friday, August 14, brought out the best in the community. …

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