The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation

A selection of news and stories written for the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation's website where I was completing an internship in their Communications team.

These are two of the numerous stories I wrote (in line with the Foundation's tone) after conducting interviews for the Patient Photo Project, a fundraising initiative spotlighting stories at the hospital.

 

THREE YEAR OLD THEO SEIZES THE DAY

Before he was born, Theo was diagnosed with a rare and dangerous condition affecting the blood vessels in his brain. But thanks to the expert care of the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), three year old Theo is making leaps and bounds.

We spoke to Theo’s Mum Yvette, about the RCH’s nurturing, knowledgeable and inspirational approach in helping her son thrive. 

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Tell us Theo’s story. 
Theo’s condition was discovered by chance at a prenatal ultrasound. He then spent five weeks under the care of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Since then he’s undergone several operations and gets regular check-ups.

PUTTING A SMILE ON EVERY FACE

What impact has philanthropy had on your family’s life?
Our family is forever grateful to the RCH for the care it has provided Theo. The RCH doctors and nurses have always been attentive, caring and supportive. They always made sure to bring a smile to our faces too, which was tremendously helpful in staying positive.

Since that time, we’ve been inspired to participate in Run Melbourne to fundraise for the hospital, and are also sponsoring a NICU cot during 2013.

AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE

What would you say to people to encourage them to support the hospital?
The hospital is instrumental in saving the lives of children such as Theo. By donating to the RCH, people can help the RCH continue to provide exceptional care to other families like ours.

How is Theo now?
Theo bounces out of bed every morning and truly seizes the day. He is a fun-loving, outgoing, perceptive little boy who is eager to learn and interested in everyone and everything. He is meeting his milestones and developing wonderfully.

What does your family look forward to in the future? 
The day we receive a clean bill of health for Theo. We know with the RCH’s help, we’ll get there. That’s why it’s critical that donors not only help the hospital continue to provide the exceptional standard of care offered to children, but also to fund research into causes and treatment


FLETCHER'S FAMILY MEET THE DONOR THAT SAVED HIS LIFE

Seven year old Fletcher is a fighter.  Many of you have followed his journey since he was diagnosed with a rare, genetic condition at only 3 years old.

We're thrilled to report he’s since received a bone marrow transplant and is happier and healthier than ever. We spoke with his Mum, Fiona about the role the RCH had in saving his life.

TRANSPLANT PROVIDES CURE

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How is Fletcher doing now?
Fletcher’s bone marrow transplant cured him. He still gets check-ups at the RCH, but doesn’t need any more treatment or medication.

He’s now a very active little boy, interested in learning about everything. He gets to live a life doing and achieving whatever he wants - that’s all we ever wanted for him and we feel so lucky to have a happy ending. 

We heard you’ve had the chance to speak with Fletcher’s bone marrow donor…
He's a young man in his 20s living in Germany. We’ve had email contact with him and he said how happy it made him to hear about Fletcher. It was great to express our gratitude for his donation.

HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE 'THE BEST THING' SAYS FAMILY

Describe your experience at the RCH.
It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us. The doctors, nurses and Fletcher’s bone marrow donor saved his life and we will be forever grateful. We were so lucky to have the RCH.

Why is it important to support the RCH?
Nobody can imagine what it’s like to have a sick child fighting for their life. We met amazing families going through tough times and any help they receive can make all the difference in the world. I couldn’t think of a more important organisation to support and we’re so grateful to those who give.