Baby Johnny was diagnosed with kidney disease in utero, so his family knew that one day he would need a kidney transplant. He was one of the youngest children in Australia to receive dialysis treatment. From just four months of age, he was hooked up to a machine each night, and his family eagerly awaited the day he would be big enough to get a new kidney – his dad’s.
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Little fundraisers make a big difference
Matilda was inspired by the way the Hospital cared for her brother Caden and wanted to help make a difference. She plays the violin and decided to use her talents to perform in her local shopping centre and Bunnings store in exchange for donations. She wowed the crowds for six days straight and raised an amazing $1,621!
Refuge for regional families
Patients from all over NSW (and beyond) visit our Hospital with the added pressure of having to travel long distances and be away from home. Finding accommodation can be a struggle for these families. Although there are amazing services both in and out of the Hospital that provide accommodation, they can sometimes be fully booked. Thankfully, one of the Foundation’s corporate supporters is here to help regional families in their time of need. Coogee Bay Hotel have not only raised over $2.5 million for the Hospital to date, they provide free hotel rooms to families with children at the Hospital each year.
Cricket NSW dropped in to visit Nick and Dan
When Nick goes through his chemo he ‘hibernates’ – sleeps, can’t eat and just waits for his body to come good – this can be days. However, when Mitchell Stark and Nathan Lyon from Cricket NSW turned up he was beaming from ear to ear and for an hour or so, forgot about how lousy he had been feeling and smiled, chatted to his heroes and became Nick the cricket fan, not Nick the patient.
Festive fun for patients and families
T’was the season to be jolly in December as the community came together to bring some festive fun into the Hospital. From The Hospital's Music Therapist leading crowds in a chorus of carols, to the Wiggles dropping in for a special visit, Christmas at the Hospital was filled with festive cheer.
A skateboard accident almost cost Cooper his life
Fifteen-year-old Cooper was out walking with his mum, Rachel, one afternoon in his home town of Berry. He had his skateboard and was meandering alongside Rachel when they came to a steep road. Being a confident skater, Cooper set off down the hill but his skateboard picked up speed and started to wobble. In a flash, he had been thrown head-first into the ground.