18 December 2019 Featured News

Help work wonders for sick kids this Christmas

Queenslanders are being asked to help spread the wonder of Christmas to sick and injured kids by supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Christmas Appeal.

Funds raised through the Foundation’s Christmas Appeal will help to bring festive cheer to kids in hospital on Christmas Day – and help to provide ongoing support for Queensland’s sickest kids year-round.

Donations will help children like 10-year-old Samuel of Rockhampton, this year’s Christmas Appeal ambassador. Samuel and his family had their lives turned upside when a trip to their local GP with headaches and vomiting lead to a brain cancer diagnosis.

Samuel’s father Ashley explains his son underwent nine months of treatment at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, including two brain surgeries, 30 rounds of radiation and four rounds of chemotherapy to fight the disease.

“Many days Samuel really didn’t want to go through treatment, we had to keep explaining it was the only way to stop his cancer from coming back,” Ashley said.

Now cancer-free, Samuel’s family are incredibly thankful to have him home for Christmas, but Samuel’s health journey will continue for many years to come. Brain cancer treatments can affect the quality of life for survivors like Samuel, and he will need his hearing, vision, and development closely monitored as he grows older.

Children’s Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer Rosie Simpson urged Queenslanders to give a Christmas gift with a purpose this year by donating to the Children’s Hospital Foundation and helping to make a difference to seriously ill and injured children across the state.

“We’re asking Queenslanders to help us spread some cheer and bring a smile to the faces of children and their families who will be spending Christmas in hospital,” Ms Simpson said.

Donors to the Christmas Appeal will help to fund:

  • special Christmas gifts for a child in hospital on Christmas Day
  • a bedside play session or other form of bedside entertainment
  • Bravery Beads that represent a child’s courage when undergoing treatments and surgery
  • a music therapy session to help soothe distressed children or help them on their road to recovery
  • life-saving research into childhood cancers and other devastating childhood diseases, or
  • an episode of Juiced TV – a TV show made by the kids in hospital, for the kids in hospital.

“Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for children in hospital but with your support, we try to make the day as fun and special as possible and help kids in hospital be just like kids everywhere else,” Ms Simpson said.

This year, the Foundation will host loads of festive entertainment, activities and events at the Queensland Children’s Hospital throughout the festive period, including Christmas carols, Santa photos, arts and crafts, and even a special visit from the man in the big red suit on Christmas Day.

“Donations to our Christmas Appeal will go beyond the holiday season and help us work wonders for sick and injured kids all year round.”

Click here to donate or call 1300 742 554.