‘They have gone above and be­yond for not only Dex­ter but also for me.

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - M&B Awards -

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.”

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