We stand shoulder to shoulder with patients, families, researchers, nurses and clinicians.
The Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation Ambassador Program exists to share the inspiring stories of the patients and families of Perth Children’s Hospital. These stories recognise the bravery and resilience of our families, inform Foundation supporters of the world-class research, equipment, expertise and training and positive patient experiences we fund and promote the ongoing efforts of the hospital to care for the sick kids of WA.
We recognise that every family’s story is unique. When asking our donors for funds for complex medical equipment, ground-breaking research, world class expertise and training and positive patient experiences, hearing the stories of families who are benefitting is a very powerful tool. By sharing your story you can help us to:
- Provide real examples of how the money we raise is put to use to encourage further corporate and community support for WA’s world class paediatric hospital.
- Help other families who are undergoing medical issues who may feel alone and afraid of what the future may hold.
What does being an Ambassador involve?
We are mindful of the time pressures for families – especially those facing medical challenges with their children. You can be involved in as much or as little as you like!
We would love to have a chat about your family’s journey so we can tell your story. Personal photos of your child’s journey to accompany your story are very powerful, so we may ask you for some.
We may also organise a professional photographer and/or videographer to take some beautiful pictures or video of your child and family to use with the story. During this photo/video shoot, we may ask you to interact with your clinicians or record your child undergoing treatment here in the hospital.
You will have final approval of what information we share with our supporters. An example of the type of images and stories that we have used in the past is included over the page.
There are a range of platforms that stories can be used for, including fundraising campaigns and proposals, media, the Foundation website, Annual Report, social media, marketing collateral (such as posters), and profiles for specific pieces of equipment.
You may be asked to speak at events, be an Ambassador spokesperson for an event or appeal or appear on marketing collateral as the face/story of a Foundation campaign.
As a thank you for sharing your story, you will receive invitations to specific ambassador events, such as the Dreamnight at the Zoo, shows such as the Wiggles, sporting events such as AFL games or a day out on a boat, fishing or cruising the Swan River. We know that your family often miss out on activities such as these due to your child’s medical needs, so to be able to provide memories to our families is very important.
When Sam and his twin brother, Brody, were born, his mum and dad suspected something was not quite right. Sam displayed the features of spinal kyphosis, curvature of the spine. After visits to a succession of health professionals, blood tests revealed Sam’s condition, MPS1. The lack of a certain enzyme causes a build-up in the
Maddy was only seven when she was diagnosed with leukaemia. Within days of her GP referring her for tests, Maddy was at Perth Children’s Hospital, starting chemotherapy. Hearing your child has cancer is something every parent dread. But that was just the beginning for Maddy and her family. Unfortunately, with her immune system weakened by
Sam’s mum Kelly was completely heartbroken when she heard the news that her little boy was diagnosed with leukaemia at just 2 years old. With his type of leukaemia, Sam has gone through six stages of treatment. From steroids twice a day to chemotherapy every day. During Sam’s intense treatment at Perth Children’s Hospital he
Just after Imogen was born, her mum Rachel and dad Russ received the devastating news that doctors had found some physical abnormalities and wanted to do genetic testing. They’ll never forget hearing that their precious new baby daughter had a serious and life-threatening disorder. But one of the hardest things was being told she would
Lareia was born with Biliary Atresia, a condition in infants where the bile ducts inside and outside the liver are scarred and blocked. Bile can’t flow through into the intestine, so bile builds up in the liver causing damage. The most effective treatment for this condition is a liver transplant. First time parents Elyse and
Walking into the Emergency Department at the Perth Children’s Hospital with their sick two-year-old daughter Amelia, Brianna and Russell felt almost embarrassed about their concerns for her. “I originally thought that Amelia was dehydrated from a tummy bug,” says Brianna. “I honestly thought I was overreacting… I thought the doctors were going to tell me