Telethon kids set for airwaves
Meet a pair of brave children that will be the face of this year’s Telethon.
Kaide Stratton, 10, and Charlotte Meredith, 6, have been revealed as this year’s Telethon stars, the State’s biggest children’s fundraiser which runs from October 21 to 22.
Charlotte was born with a lifethreatening heart condition that has seen her have four major surgeries, which according to her mother Taryn means that the left side of her heart does all the work.
“There is no permanent cure for Charlotte’s condition,” she told Today Tonight.
“Charlotte is very resilient. She has amazed us.
“When she had her 18-month-old surgery, Charlotte was up riding a bike on the ward two days later.”
Kaide has been diagnosed with morquio syndrome, a condition which affects his growth and affects just one in 200,000 children.
“He will never grow very tall,” his mother Adele Stratton said.
“Your organs keep growing at the same rate, so you get compression within your internal organs.”
Kaide said his body hurt when he walked around the house.
“My knee caps do not feel very secure when I go for long bike rides,” he said.
Mrs Stratton said this was a great opportunity for Kaide and she was proud of him.
The pair will be the faces of this year’s Telethon appeal, which will run for 26 hours on Channel 7 later this month.
Telethon kids Charlotte Meredith, 6, and Kaide Stratton, 10, doing voice over work in the Channel 7 studios ahead of this year’s Telethon.