Telethon kids set for air­waves

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Mitchell Wood­cock

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.

Pic­ture: Ian Munro

Telethon kids Char­lotte Meredith, 6, and Kaide Strat­ton, 10, do­ing voice over work in the Chan­nel 7 stu­dios ahead of this year’s Telethon.

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