Latest update from TLC for Kids.
It has been a cold start to winter, and the gloves and beanies are out! We have thawed out our hands here at TLC for Kids to provide an update that will hopefully warm you in these bitter months.
We know that in winter, some families have to choose between buying medicine and heating their homes. It isn’t a choice anyone should have to worry about, let alone families with sick children. That is why we are so grateful for every contribution; they ensure we can help sick children and their families when they need it most.
So, let’s start with Dinosaurs. While some may find these terrible lizards intimidating, Eugene would rather meet them first-hand…
Eugene is ten years old and loves singing, music, The Wiggles and Dorothy the Dinosaur. Eugene also has a neurodegenerative condition called KIF1A. This causes intellectual disability, severe developmental delays, diminished muscle tone, and delays in developing language.
As he has gotten older, Eugene has noticed his symptoms have worsened. He’s more aware of how he can’t walk and finds this distressing, expressing his fears to his family, who are worried about his quality of life.
For his 11th birthday, we provided tickets to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast. Eugene spent the day with his family, distracted from living with his illness. He also got to meet his hero Dorothy the Dinosaur! We hope Eugene had a roaring time!
The RAPID TLC service makes situations more enjoyable and comfortable for the family. It is about being there for our community’s most vulnerable, helping where we can and making a difference in their lives.
Four-month-old Summer has a severe Cardiac Condition and is attached to an oxygen tank at all times. Little Summer has sadly had quite a poor prognosis for some time now. Her best friend in the whole world is her four-year-old big brother, Joe. Together, they enjoy watching Paw Patrol.
The family was hoping to have a four-themed birthday party for both Joe and Summer. 4 months for Summer and 4 years for Joe.
Recently, Summer’s father David had to make the heartbreaking decision not to fly home to New Zealand to visit his elderly father in the hospital, as baby Summer has such a poor prognosis. This isn’t a decision any family should have to make.
The Rapid TLC Service aimed to make the siblings’ shared party as memorable as possible, with rainbow balloons for Joe and Ellie to play with and a bouncy castle for the whole day. The family was able to bond as a unit and create memories that will last forever.
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Thank you for your support…
Thank you for your commitment to our community. Together we are making a valuable difference to people and communities across Australia while helping to create a lasting and positive impact.
We look forward to being able to continue our services to help as many sick children and their families as possible. Our services are only made possible through the tireless dedication, generosity, and kindness of supporters like yourself.
We look forward to sharing more about the impact of these projects with you over the coming weeks.