Young­ster laps up spe­cial boat trip

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha boy Sa­muel Jilba-Baum­garten is one in 23 bil­lion.

That’s be­cause the 13-year-old has desmo­plas­tic small round cell tu­mour, an ex­tremely rare form of can­cer only two other Aus­tralians cur­rently have.

The Kar­ratha Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion made Sa­muel feel suit­ably spe­cial on Mon­day, Novem­ber 9, by treat­ing him to a spe­cial day out with fam­ily and friends aboard Brad Beau­mont’s Blue Mar­lin boat.

The group went fish­ing and swim­ming, with Sa­muel catching the first fish of the day.

McDon­ald’s do­nated the chil­dren’s lunch for the trip.

Sa­muel was first di­ag­nosed with DSRCT in 2013 and had chemo­ther­apy to get rid of the dis­ease.

But he re­lapsed in March, and doc­tors gave him only one month to live. His mother, Suzette Baum­garten, said he had fought on since then and had “ex­ceeded all expectations”.

The boat ex­cur­sion is just the lat­est part of Sa­muel’s Make-A-Wish re­quest.

He has pre­vi­ously gone fish­ing and vis­ited croc­o­dile farms in Broome with the Kyle An­drews Foun­da­tion, done burn-outs on a quad bike, gone in­door sky-div­ing and met sports stars An­thony Mun­dine, Danny Green and Adam Gilchrist.

Mrs Baum­garten said Sa­muel was a go-get­ter when it came to any­thing to do with his twin pas­sions of cars and fish­ing.

“He gets tired very eas­ily, but he gives it a go,” she said.

To fol­low Sa­muel’s jour­ney, visit his Face­book Page, Sa­muel’s Fight.

Keith and Suzette Baum­garten, McDon­ald’s Kar­ratha’s Clay­ton McIn­tosh, Sa­muel Jilba-Baum­garten, 13, the Kar­ratha Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion’s Judy Wright and Blue Mar­lin skip­per Brad Beau­mont.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

Sa­muel, with fam­ily and friends, is all smiles aboard the Blue Mar­lin.

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