THANK YOU FROM LOUISE BAXTER
All of our achievements in 2019 only came about because of your generous support and commitment. Every day I see the positive impact you create in the lives of seriously ill children and I am so thankful for your support.
Together, we can continue to play a vital role supporting the health and wellbeing of seriously ill children through the power of fun, laughter and distraction.
Thank you again and I hope you enjoy learning more about the amazing impact you made in 2019.
CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation
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2019 AT A GLANCE
Here’s a snapshot of the impact your support helped create for sick kids and their families last year.
YOU'VE HELPED SICK KIDS SHINE BRIGHT
Your support has a lasting impact on sick kids and their families. Catch up on four super star kids you’ve helped this year.
Before she was sick, Paige loved playing mermaids with her sister. It was all she dreamt about while undergoing treatment for leukaemia. Thanks to you, Paige’s dream came true with her Starlight Wish to meet a real-life mermaid!
The family flew to the Gold Coast and Paige and her sister swam with the mermaids in the pool. It was a magical time for the family to be together again and create new happy memories after so much sadness.
“Everything Starlight does puts a smile on very sick little peoples’ faces when there aren’t many smiles to go around. Starlight has been our light.” – Paige’s Dad
You might remember bubbly little Ava who loves chatting and playing with her toy animals. After being diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just two years old, Ava spent more time in hospital than at home. Her mum said the difference Starlight made during that time was priceless.
Happily, Ava is now coming to the end of her treatment. While hospital is still part of Ava’s life, thankfully so is Starlight.
“Ava still visits the hospital weekly, and always goes to the Starlight Express Room as a treat to play after her appointments. She still loves the arts and crafts and dancing with the Captains!” – Ava’s Mum
Jarrah was 10 when he was diagnosed with cancer. You might remember reading about his gruelling year in hospital in Brisbane 2,000km from his Cooktown home. His mum is happy to share that after a tough period of adjustment being back home, he is now doing ‘fantastically well.’ He’s steadily excelling at his studies and even represented his school in rugby. Despite all he’s been through, he remains positive and he looks so well that staff at the hospital nearly didn’t recognise him!
“Jarrah has a wonderful attitude to life, and I couldn’t be more proud of his road to recovery. We are still so appreciative for everything Starlight does to help make sick kids’ lives better.” – Jarrah’s Mum
Remember Ruby’s love for animals? Well she’s still fascinated by creatures big and small and loves learning about nature. Hospital remains part of Ruby’s life for Cystic Fibrosis treatment. Her mum said that they are even more grateful for the fun and familiarity of Starlight given how much time Ruby has to spend in hospital.
Despite all she endures, Ruby never lets her illness get the better of her and at the moment, she’s busy teaching the family dog Jypsy new tricks!
“Starlight is invaluable giving Ruby the resilience to get through a painful stressful time and the bravery to keep being able to return to hospital in a strong mental state.” – Ruby’s Mum
WE CAN'T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT YOU!
Fun and play are essential to a child’s development and when an illness takes that away, your support enables Starlight to help sick kids feel more positive, confident and resilient through a variety of in and out of hospital programs.
When a child is happy, they are better able to cope with the stress and pain of illness and treatment, and that leads to improved long-term health outcomes.
Your continuing support is vital to enable us to create a future where everyone experiences a happy childhood, because happiness matters.
Thank you again for making a lasting difference to the lives of sick kids.