Life changed in a heartbeat for Caitlin just days after celebrating her 7th birthday.

One minute their creative, bubbly little girl was busy singing and dancing and the next she was lying in isolation at the Children's Hospital at Randwick.

Caitlin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and mum Carla said the diagnosis was devastating.

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We just felt broken as a family. The fear, the guilt, the uncertainty - it was overwhelming.
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Carla, Caitlin's mum

Their lives were consumed by hospital as Caitlin endured rounds of treatment that left her feeling exhausted nauseous and scared.

Caitlin sleeping

Amid all the family's anguish, Starlight came into their world.

Captain Starlight visited Caitlin bringing joy and happiness that helped the family cope with their unimaginable pain and sadness.

Caitlin with Captain Starlight

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Caitlin did not speak for five weeks - the Captain Starlights still came to see her every day, engaged with her and ultimately brought her out of her shell. They gave her back her confidence and reignited her love of music.
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Carla, Caitlin's mum

Caitlin dancing on stage in the Starlight Express Room

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You never think you will be in the situation where you need Starlight. I have seen first-hand how Starlight changes lives, gives hope and brings great joy to sick children and their families.
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Carla, Caitlin's mum

Caitlin then received the exciting news that she had been granted her Starlight Wish

After spending so much time in hospital isolation, Caitlin desperately missed her friends. So, her wish was to have a special space - to be called "Caitlin’s Cave" - where could do all the things she missed out on while she was sick.

For weeks, an amazing team worked tirelessly behind the scenes transforming the family's garage into Caitlin's Cave complete with a sleepover couch, karaoke machine and a stage for singing and dancing.

Caitlin's Cave

As Caitlin arrived home (in a limo no less!) she had no idea about the surprise that was waiting!

Her Starlight Wish was revealed live on Channel 7's Sunrise with all her friends and family gathered to share her special moment.

Caitlin's Starlight Wish reveal

Caitlin was so excited as she walked the red carpet down the driveway to see her dream Cave for the very first time! With balloons, cake and all the fun of Captain Starlight, Caitlin was over the moon as she explored her special new space.

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Her Starlight Wish will help give her back some of her lost childhood. It will give her a place to play, sing, do art and craft and spend time with all her friends.
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Carla, Caitlin's mum

Our thanks to Sunrise, Programmed, Lendlease, CIP Construction, Soul Origin, Plush, Cake Angels and Grey Army Service for helping make Caitlin's Starlight Wish a spectacular surprise she'll treasure forever.

Caitlin's Starlight Wish

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