Team Rabbit’s Aaron ‘Simmo’ Simpson and Teresa Teefy with Tickles the Clown.
Team Rabbit’s Aaron ‘Simmo’ Simpson and Teresa Teefy with Tickles the Clown. Amber Hooker

Madison remembered

JUST as Madison Harney's memorial garden continues to flourish in the heart of St Patrick's School, the precious memories she created in nine short years will never die.

Madison was just five years old when she was diagnosed with Wilms' tumour, a childhood kidney cancer.

Her father, Scott Harney, remembers all too vividly the four-and-a-half-year struggle before he, wife Janelle and son Cooper said their goodbyes two days after Christmas in 2009.

"We make sure the people who never met Madison know what sort of person she was," Scott said.

"She was going to be somebody.

"Every year on her birthday we would go and buy monarch butterflies and release them at home for her.

"She loved butterflies, frangipani flowers, fairies and angels."

FOR HER: Scott Harney's team, Madi's Variety Bash, is named after his daughter Madison, who passed away in 2009.
FOR HER: Scott Harney's team, Madi's Variety Bash, is named after his daughter Madison, who passed away in 2009. Contributed

He wasn't part of it this year but his Bash buddies Ron English and Aaron Simpson kept a promise to see the garden at St Patrick's.

"Ron bought a butterfly ornament that morning because he wanted to leave something," Scott said.

"I go there a bit if I'm working up this way and get a day off ... I generally drive over and just sit there.

"I've got a bit of an emotional attachment to Emerald - the amount of people that came out to help us when we lost Madison, believe you me you wouldn't get that on the coast.

"It's only country town people that do that for you.

"As much as we took a few big hits when we were living in Emerald, we made some lifelong friends out of that town."

READ MORE: Variety Bash donate $6000 of fun for Emerald North State School

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