Father heartbroken after young daughter's diagnosis

Dakota Rose will be the focus of an upcoming fundraiser event to help her family during her fight with ovarian cancer.
Dakota Rose will be the focus of an upcoming fundraiser event to help her family during her fight with ovarian cancer. contributed

ON Mother's Day Dakota Rose told her parents her side was hurting - neither her mother nor father expected that pain would be caused by ovarian cancer.

The couple took their nine-year-old daughter to hospital to have a newly discovered lump investigated.

Dakota had the lump removed and is now undergoing chemotherapy at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

Her mother, Pam, gave up her job in the disability industry to be with her daughter. But that has meant she hasn't seen her other four children for five weeks.

Dakota's father, Chris (Max) Rose, admits he's in limbo at the moment and is trying to organise a way to move the family to Brisbane to be closer to his wife and Dakota.

"We are a close family - we've been ripped apart," Mr Rose said.

Counting down the days to school holidays, Mr Rose will take his children to Brisbane while trying to figure out what to do next.

After giving up a business partnership in Mackay, Mr Rose said he would do anything once he got to Brisbane.

"I will door knock looking for any kind of work, handyman, part-time, anything - I want to be there," he said.

Friend and former co-worker Mark Wells wanted to help and knowing Mr Rose's history with motorbikes and engines, Mr Wells has helped, with his wife Raelene, to co-ordinate a Day for Dakota.

A community cruise of all types of vehicles will start at Mulherin Park at 10am this Saturday, June 25.

Registrations will start at $20 for 18+ (ID required) $10 for 12-17 years and under 12 will be free.

"This includes free camping at Donnybrook Station," Mr Wells said.

The cruise will leave Mulherin Park at 11am for The General Gordon Hotel.

There will be a sausage sizzle for lunch and raffles before heading to the final destination, Donnybrook Station, by 2pm.

Riders and drivers will be welcomed by live music, raffles and live auctions.

Mr Rose said his daughter wished she could be there.

"She loves bikes - she's a bit cranky she can't go."

Mr Rose will take part and will ride his purple Harley.

"Purple is her favourite colour," he said.

Mr Wells said the event would raise money for the Rose family.

"It's heartbreaking a young child getting cancer," Mr Wells said.

"With other kids to look after this is splitting the family in half."

Mr Wells said he hoped the money raised would help in some way.

Mr Rose said Dakota was doing better.

"She's doing well, responding well to the treatment," he said.

"She's just undergone a second round of chemotherapy and the test results show she's responding - her blood count is good."

Dakota is also in good spirits, helping to keep her parents positive.

"She's lost a bit of hair and my wife has shaved her head," Mr Rose said.

Once settled in Brisbane, Mr Rose will let Dakota shave his head, too.

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