I am not usually one to raise/ask friends for their hard earned and usually stick to giving. However, due to recent personal circumstances this has changed. Some people are aware of our story but most are not as it happened very quickly.
Our eldest daughter Matilda was recently diagnosed with a very rare, thankfully benign, tumor called Desmoid Fibromatosis, that appeared very quickly on her chin/neck area. It grew very aggressively and was a traumatic diagnosis phase as malignant cancer was on the table for a period of time that felt like years.
The good news is that she is now doing well after two surgeries and 10 nights in hospital to remove the tumor. These surgeries meant removing 5cm of jaw bone and replacing that with some of her rib. A massive undertaking for anybody, never mind a 2 1/2 year old. Children bounce back amazingly. However, there will be ongoing treatment and checks.
This process threw us into an underworld that you just do not appreciate exists and quite frankly is just brutal. Spending weeks in and out of a children's hospital surrounded by so much devastation, we realized that we are one of the lucky ones as there were children and families in far more desperate circumstances than us. Throughout this process the hospital and staff were just amazing and I have absolutely no idea how they do this work on a day to day basis.
It is for that reason that for my first time ever I feel the need to run for charity and in August I will be completing the Sydney City to Surf in the name of the Children's Hospital at Westmead. For those none Sydney dwelling people this is a 14km race in August with the infamous Heartbreak Hill which is not a pleasant experience to endure. I have had very limited training up to now so I have got 2 months to get my backside into gear :)
So friends from across the globe we would very much appreciate your help in showing our appreciation to these amazing people who contributed to looking after Matilda and all of the other children. The money raised will go directly to the ward that Matilda stayed on and was cared for so brilliantly. Any spare pounds or dollars you can spare for this cause would be appreciated very much.
Thank you very much... Paul. Charlotte, Matilda and Harriet x