Today marked a very special date in the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation’s calendar - the official launch of our Light Up Xmas Appeal which aims to raise $3m to help sick kids across NSW receive the best possible care.
CEO Nicola Stokes was joined by seven-year-old patient Bryson, live on The Today Show, to switch on Westfield Parramatta’s Christmas lights and signal the start of the six-week Appeal.
Bryson was just two and a half years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a tennis ball.
His mum Tamara recalls, “Like any parent, I kept thinking you shouldn't be going through this. I'm grown. I'm bigger, I'm stronger. This is mine. Just make it come to me. I can deal with this…he's too little.”
In their time of need, surgeon Dr. Mark Dexter and his specialist team at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead stepped in and removed the whole tumour in under five hours. Although the surgery was extremely risky, his mum and dad knew their son was in the best possible hands.
Four years on, Bryson is now leading a normal life and a proud big brother to two-year-old Ryder, a patient at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Read more about the brave brothers here.
Culminating in a Channel 9 broadcast on Saturday 19 December, the Light Up Xmas Appeal will raise vital funds for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, Kids Research, NETS (Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service) and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.
Every dollar donated will help sick kids like Bryson and Ryder receive the best possible care – from healing broken arms and treating cancer, to supporting families through their child’s last Christmas.