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Help Light Up Xmas for sick kids

9 November 2020

Today marked a very special date in the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation’s calendar - the official launch of our Light Up Xmas Appeal which aims to raise $3m to help sick kids across NSW receive the best possible care.

CEO Nicola Stokes was joined by seven-year-old patient Bryson, live on The Today Show, to switch on Westfield Parramatta’s Christmas lights and signal the start of the six-week Appeal.

Bryson was just two and a half years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a tennis ball.

His mum Tamara recalls, “Like any parent, I kept thinking you shouldn't be going through this. I'm grown. I'm bigger, I'm stronger. This is mine. Just make it come to me. I can deal with this…he's too little.”

After a five hour operation to remove the tumour, six months of chemotherapy and numerous stays in hospital, Bryson is now leading a normal life and a proud big brother to two-year-old Ryder, a current patient at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

When Ryder was a baby, he developed a life-threatening infection which meant he needed urgent brain surgery to remove a ruptured abscess. This was the first of 16 surgeries, the most recent of which was only two days ago. Read more about the brave brothers here.

Bryson and Rider

Culminating in a Channel 9 broadcast on Saturday 19 December, the Light Up Xmas Appeal will raise vital funds for Bear Cottage, Kids Research, NETS (Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service), Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Every dollar donated will help sick kids like Bryson and Ryder receive the best possible care – from healing broken arms and treating cancer, to supporting families through their child’s last Christmas.

You can help us light up Xmas for sick kids by donating at lightupxmas.org.au or calling 1800 770 122.