A BRAVE Ipswich three-year-old and his fight against leukaemia has inspired his bartender dad to take on an UGLY challenge.
Ethan Bauer was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in February, but has impressed his family with his courage in the face of regular and painful treatment.
Since July, his dad Glen, along with fellow Yamanto Tavern employees Yasmyn Paul, Josh Lampard and Jesseye Payge, have joined the UGLY Bartender campaign to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
"Ethan was sick and wasn't eating, so we took him to hospital for some tests," Mr Bauer said.
"The blood test came back negative, but the bone marrow test was positive.
"I cried for about a week after I found out he had leukaemia."
Ethan began treatment immediately, with regular hospital visits for testing and home chemotherapy treatment now part of his life, but the news isn't all bad.
The cancer was identified in its early stages, and doctors have since upgraded Ethan's chance of survival from 75% to 80%.
While it isn't cause for celebration, it does give Ethan and his family hope.
Yamanto Tavern patrons have been doing their bit too, with the fundraising going so well that Mr Bauer has increased his target from $1000 to $5000.
The pub will put on a "Karma Keg" in the coming weeks to keep the juggernaut rolling.
Details of the event will be publicised in the near future.
The UGLY appeal encourages bartenders to put on fundraisers - or just pass around a collection tin at work - to contribute to the fundraising figure.
A combined $1.39million was raised across Australia last year.
More than 170 bartenders across Queensland are participating, including a handful across Ipswich.
The Queensland title will be awarded to the highest fundraiser on September 12.
UGLY stands for Understanding, Generous, Likeable, You and is a fundraising competition run in pubs and clubs with proceeds benefiting patients and their families living with leukaemia and related blood disorders.
To help Mr Bauer's campaign, visit my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au.
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