Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick is one of Australia’s leading specialist medical centres for children. It is known as the Centre of Excellence in childhood cancer in Australia. Accordingly it treats children from Sydney, all over New South Wales, Australia and beyond. It’s expert medical staff in this field performed the first successful bone marrow transplant for childhood leukemia in Australia. The Hospital is also known for its pioneering in neurology as well as childhood oncology research.
I have had a long association with the Hospital, which is local to my family in Sydney. The Hospital treats more than 315,000 critically ill and injured children every year. The Hospital relies heavily on community support to provide their care to these kids and their families.
Over the visits I have made to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, I have had the privilege of meeting so many brave children, parents and grandparents, whose beautiful and indomitable spirits, personal stories and enthusiasm for life, have touched my heart. I have visited children in Intensive Care, recovering from complex heart surgeries, who miraculously only three days later were recovering and having fun in the ward’s play room and returned home two weeks later. The challenges that these children and their families face is nothing short of inspirational. I met a young girlnamed Natalie who was a patient at the Hospital for most of her life. Every year I visited, I would spend time with her and her wonderful family. I was thrilled when I heard she ‘graduated’ from the children’s hospital two years ago and is now being cared for at home. Then there was young Cooper, 5 years old , when we first met at the hospital while he was in the middle of some long, intense cancer treatment. He came out of hospital with his family one year to attend our Christmas party and screening of Happy Feet and walked with me for part of the entrance to the theatre wearing a very brave smile. The following year he surprised me by coming to our next Christmas party and film screening, with his hair grown back and coiffed into the latest fashion, wearing a tuxedo and gave me some flowers. I was humbled. Yes, his treatment, long, arduous, with an unknown outcome when we first met, had worked. He was and is still in remission.
Children are our future. As a mother, I know how important it is to support Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick – a special hospital that provides our children with the best of world-class care. You never know when your child or a child you love will need the care of a specialist children’s hospital.
Image: Nicole and Alyssa courtesy of SCHF