BINDI SHARES SPECIAL DAY
News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily, July 25 2005
By SHERINE CONYERS
IT may have been one big birthday bash for Bindi Irwin at Australia Zoo yesterday but the sparkling seven-year-old was not the only one to have a very special time.
Just four years old, Jade Crozier has a brain tumour and has been told she has only two months to live.
But she also had a secret wish to visit Australia Zoo.
Jade flew from New Zealand with her mother Shelly and brother Jesse to seek medical help but friends Darren and Joanne Wilson explained Jade's situation to other friends who had contacts at Sunshine Coast radio station Mix-FM.
When Mark Darin from Mix-FM heard about the situation, he said the station wanted to help.
"Jade is a very special girl and we wanted to make her wish come true," he said.
So Jade was invited along, and given extra special treatment during the big birthday party celebrations at the zoo yesterday.
Jade got to meet koalas, elephants and even the cockatiels before birthday girl Bindi Irwin came out to say hello and share a hug.
Surrounded by bodyguards and eating an icy-pole, Bindi said she was having a great day and was happy to meet Jade.
"It's been good fun," she said.
Ms Crozier said despite treatment, there was nothing doctors could do about Jade's tumour and now the family was just waiting.
"They've been saying she had two months to live since January but while she's good we make the most of every day," she said.
The zoo was a flurry of activity for the entire day as children were admitted free to help Bindi celebrate along with Strawberry Shortcake, the Shrek 2 live show and her parents, Steve and Terri Irwin.