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4 December, 2020

Missy's celebration of life

Missy Clarkson, 13, who lost her fight with cancer in August this year, has been remembered by fellow students and staff at Malanda State School with a touching love-heart tribute last Friday, November 27.

By Tanya Murphy

PHOTO: Richard Hopkinson, Aeroscan.

Around 500 students, teachers and Missy’s parents Robert and Anj gathered to form the giant love-heart while wearing red.

“It was a touching experience, which will be a lasting memory for the children,” said school principal Mark Allen.

“It was a powerful symbol of the Malanda Family.”

Missy fought leukaemia for four years and was the 2019 Cancer Council daffodil day ambassador, as well as doing a lot of media work for charities, including a cameo on the telethon.

She and her mother also started blood donation charity ‘Missy’s Donors.’

“It’s just so easy to donate blood, it costs you nothing and there is always a need for blood,” said Missy’s mother Anj Mittelstadt.

“Our goal this year is for 2020 donations, each donation saves three lives so that’s 6060 lives Missy’s Donors could possibly save.”

Anj has now set up a website and charity called ‘This strong mum’ which sells red ‘Missy Donor’ T-shirts.

“100 per cent of the proceeds from T-shirts go to parents in need through support and information,” she said.

If you would like to buy a t-shirt or donate go to or go to

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