‘They have gone above and beyond for not only Dexter but also for me.
Mum of the Year finalist Rebecca Lilly, 33, chose to donate 60 per cent of her prize to the Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to thank them for their unwavering efforts and support with her son, Dexter, two, who suffers from neurofibromatosis (NF), a rare condition that causes tumours to grow throughout his body.
“The kids in the ward are so brave. For most of them, it’s all they’ve ever known. Dexter will never know a life without pain, so it’s up to us to make his treatment as easy on him as we can,” she says. “Before we went to The Children’s Hospital, Dexter would be so upset when he was in hospital – we couldn’t even get him to wear an alligator clip to monitor his heart rate without him crying and yelling hysterically. Now he’s fine with it. Donna and Steph, two of the nurses in the ward, have made this experience so easy for Dexter.”
Nursing unit manager Debbie Carr says the hospital will be able to do a lot with Rebecca’s generous gift, and thanks her for making a difference to the lives of many other families affected by cancer.
“This donation is even more special because it’s been divided once among other finalists of the competition, and now Bec will be able to help even more parents and children with her donation,” Debbie says. “And it’s come at a particularly great time – every year we have a Christmas party for all of the kids with Santa and some special presents.”