New Hope for Ellie
Ellie is known as the rainbow baby for coming along after so many dark clouds. At only 10 months old Ellie started to regularly vomit and was quickly losing weight. An X-ray soon revealed a tumour the size of a football on Ellie’s left lung. Ellie was immediately placed on life support and started chemotherapy the next day. Using a Biopsy of Ellie’s tumour, researchers identified a rare genetic mutation driving the growth of Ellie’s cancer cells, what followed left Ellie’s parents Mina and Rob in shock.
What's on this Summer?
There are lots of ways to support the Foundation and have fun at the same time this summer. With new years resolutions in place, now is the perfect time to take on a challenge in the New Year while also raising money for sick kids. On the first weekend of February you can take part in Sydney’s favourite sporting weekend by taking to the streets of the Northern beaches for the Sun Run or pulling on your goggles for the Cole Classic. During May, test your cycling skills with Pedal 4 Kids or sign up to take on Mount Kilimanjaro with Climb for Kids in November.
From Ward Grandpa to Sunschine Guardian
Gordon has been volunteering with sick kids at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick for years and is known as our resident Ward Grandpa. Gordon volunteers his time in the isolation wards, giving parents a break while distracting children with games and books. As a Ward grandparent he is also there to help reassure and comfort parents. After years of volunteering at the Hospital, Gordon is now becoming one of our Sunschine Guardians by leaving a gift in his will to the Foundation.
Art Celebrating Life
Did you know we had an Art Program? The Art Programs philosophy is ‘Art Celebrating Life’ and has a vision to keep patients positive and engaged so their stay in Hospital is as positive as possible. It does this in a number of ways: Each week artists are invited to hold sessions with patients to create amazing art projects as apart of our ArtEx Workshops and every three months the walls of the Hospitals corridors are transformed with rotating exhibitions of artworks featuring independent and emerging artists as well as artworks created by the kids themselves.
Humans of our Hospital
We would like to introduce you to Music Monica, a registered music therapist who uses music to help maintain and enhance an individual’s quality of life. Monica has had a passion for playing instruments from a young age and now lives out her passion every day working with children at Sydney Children’s Hospitals, Randwick. Monica sings and plays music at a child’s bedside, providing a safe outlet for communication and emotional expression that helps develop coping strategies to manage anxiety and improve the Hospital environment for sick kids.
The difference you make
Remember Owen? Last year we introduced you to Owen who at three-years-old was diagnosed with Nephritic Syndrome, a life-threatening condition that causes a loss of protein through the kidneys and has severe effects on the body. At age six he stopped growing and needed to take growth hormone injections six times a week. But when Owen was 11, his family received the devastating news that his remaining kidney was shutting down. You we’re inspired by Owen’s story, donating more than $6 million dollars to our Gold Appeal. Find out how Owen is doing today.