Meet our 2017 TeamKids Easter Appeal Young Ambassadors

Meet our 2017 TeamKids Easter Appeal Young Ambassadors

Meet Lauren. Just over twelve months ago Lauren’s life was very different. She was fighting cancer for the third time and she was told that a treatment currently being trialled in the United States, known as CAR-T, was her last chance. Diagnosed with Leukaemia at age seven, Lauren spent a number of years undergoing treatment at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Today, a year after receiving the lifesaving revolutionary CAR-T treatment from the US via Melbourne, she is still cancer free. TeamKids are raising funds to support this revolutionary CAR-T research here in Adelaide and through her personal experience and triumph Lauren is excited to join us this year as one of our TeamKids Easter Appeal Young Ambassadors.

“CAR-T saved my life. With your help it could save many more lives in the future”.


Meet Josh. Josh was just 10 years old when a trip to the doctors to investigate a pain in his diaphragm turned out to be Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML). A rare condition in children, Josh is only the seventh child in the past 35 years to be diagnosed with CML. An Outpatient of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital up until he was 19 years old, and currently an Outpatient at Youth Health Services, Josh has gone on to representative organisations such as Camp Quality and CanTeen, who helped him during his time in hospital. With a passion for public speaking and experience with CanTeen Josh is a great addition to the TeamKids Easter Appeal as one of our Young Ambassadors.

 “Because of new drugs and medical research at places like the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, cancer doesn’t rule my life, or limit what I can do.”

 

 

Meet Jordan. You may recognise Jordan from our 2016 TeamKids Easter Appeal. In 2016, TKEA included a story about Jordan and the Chronically Beautiful Campaign she helped create and implement at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Jordan has suffered the debilitating effects of Crohn’s Disease since she was around 8 years old. Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease which commonly affects the small intestine, meaning that her own body attacks her digestive system. Being a regular patient in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital for over 10 years has given Jordan a deeper understanding of other peoples situations and her campaign was a way she could give back and help others. This made her a great candidate to become one of our Young Ambassadors for 2017.

“This is the thing I like to do… lifting the spirits of people”.

 

 Meet Jess. Currently in her final year of high school, Jess has a passion for music and is a member of the Australian Girls’ Choir. Twelve years ago she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, spending time in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital receiving treatment. Since going into remission Jess has been actively involved with charity organisations and events such as Camp Quality and the Worlds’ Greatest Shave raising funds with classmates for the Leukaemia Foundation. Her love of giving back and helping others has seen her join the 2017 TeamKids Easter Appeal as one of our Young Ambassadors.

“The staff at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital helped me so much, they inspired me to want to help people too. It was a second chance and now I have the chance to give back”


Meet Clara. Currently completing a double degree at the University of South Australia in Journalism and Law, Clara is a passionate writer at heart having started keeping travel journals from a young age. When she was just nine years old she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) and spent two years at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital receiving treatment. Since going into remission, Clara has been actively involved in charities and the local community taking part in events for organisations such as Camp Quality and Make A Wish. It is this strong tie to the community and giving back that has made her a great fit as one of the TeamKids Easter Appeal Young Ambassadors.

"The friends I've made through treatment at the Women’s and Children's Hospital and remission practices outside are some of the strongest friendships I have today. I couldn't imagine my life without them. They've helped support me and shape me in ways others couldn't."


Meet Tara. In 2002, Tara was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. She spent endless days at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital undergoing tests, tests and more tests and taking lots of medication that made her very ill. It was a difficult and sometimes lonely time for young Tara as she needed to be kept in isolation from her family and friends to reduce the risk of catching any serious infections. Some of Tara’s goals were to give back to some of the amazing charities that helped her and her family through this incredibly tough time in their lives. Tara is excited to join the TeamKids Easter Appeal family as one of our young ambassadors for 2017.

 “Conquering cancer was a real struggle for me, however I feel it is one of my greatest achievements”.

 

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www.teamkidseasterappeal.org.au