There isn't much that could diminish Hawke's Bay toddler Frankie Papps' love of Spiderman.
Mum Jessie MacNeil said Frankie, 3, was diagnosed in January with an aggressive and fast growing type of cancer, after they noticed an "unusual swelling" in her back on January 22.
"She was three years old in April so she was not quite three when the whole thing started," MacNeil said.
"We were horrified, of course. It was so wildly out of left field. She had no symptoms besides a very subtle lump and has always been a very healthy and vibrant child.
"We spent four weeks at Starship pinning down details before she started treatment."
MacNeil said Frankie had a long regime of treatment to complete.
"It is exhausting for everybody involved. Financially it is fairly devastating as my partner has to take one week out of three as unpaid leave to attend her Auckland treatments," she said.
"We were already a one-income family and this has had a phenomenal impact on the money that is coming in. Thankfully our Givealittle has been well-supported but we are mindful we likely have years where we will have to rely on this."
Frankie loves cats, animal crackers, gardening, baking, Spiderman and her 10-month-old baby brother Sal.
Frankie is the beloved daughter of Jessie and Steve, adored big sister to Sal and granddaughter to Memaw, Nanny and Pappy.
"Her illness isn't what defines Frankie. Despite it all, she's retained everything that makes her a great kid. Frankie is still the life and soul of the place, she is hilarious, and is packed full of the type of sass that only three-year-olds can get away with."
Frankie was nominated for the Satan's Little Helper (SLH) program by MacNeil's friend Aimee Wynne through the Hell Pizza website.
"Every week they are going for chemo and blood tests and every three weeks they have to travel from Hawke's Bay up to Starship for treatments and scans, which makes any sort of routine or normality impossible," said Wynne.
SLH is a national programme and anyone under the age of 18 who is going through a tough time can be nominated, and then Hell work with parents and guardians to figure out a way to help.
Because Frankie loves Spiderman so much, Hell sent her a new Spiderman suit as well as some colouring in books and stickers to help give her some joy while she's going through a tough time.
"Hell's was kind enough to gift us a parcel when we were nominated by our friend Aimee," MacNeil said.
"She got heaps of cool Spider-Man stuff to play with and wear, which was awesome.
"She is loving them. She absolutely loves stickers, so has pasted those to numerous surfaces as well as colouring in lots of Spiderman. Her suit is certainly an upgrade from her last one."
Frankie is responding to treatment like the "tough little soldier" she is, MacNeil said.
"At the moment she is doing really well, she is taking chemo like a champ, getting good results from her blood tests and MRI and is happily on schedule for surgery."
Donations can be made to the family on https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/fight-for-frankie.