Youngster laps up special boat trip
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.
Samuel, with family and friends, is all smiles aboard the Blue Marlin.