Dreams and visions focus of phone-free fund-raiser

LAYLAH Stubbings looks and acts like any other 12-year-old girl, but little do many people know, she has lost most of her vision.

The Cressy District High School student was five when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and although she pulled through, her eyes no longer work in sync, which has affected everything she does.

"If I'm reading a book, it has to be big print," Laylah said.

"If things are too far away they get blurry and I can't look at devices [including phones or computers] for very long."

This month, people are being encouraged to switch off their mobile phones, or to not look at them for long periods, in order to switch on dreams and wishes for children like Laylah.

Make-A-Wish Australia is running its Switch Off fund-raiser to raise money for children with life-threatening medical conditions and help make their dreams come true.

Laylah has just been granted her first wish from Make-A-Wish Australia and will spend seven nights cruising the Great Barrier Reef with her family.

"I'm really excited," Laylah said.

"I like water and in pictures I've seen it looks pretty."

Mum Emma Stubbings said doctors weren't sure if Laylah's eyesight would last.

She said Laylah had to attend regular appointments in Melbourne, Launceston and Hobart to ensure her vision was still OK and that the tumour hadn't returned.

People are encouraged to switch off their phones for a nominated period of time during the Switch Off campaign and to invite friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them.

For more information, visit the Make-A-Wish website, www.makeawish.org.au

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