Selfless donation to family
It was a day of emotion and festivity for the Cobram Anglican Grammar School Year 12 students and families on October 23.
But it was a selfless donation from the students which had one family in tears.
The students presented Danyelle and Ben Henderson with a cheque for $1056 to help take their son Harry to Boston for medical treatment.
Born in January 2014 in Yarrawonga, Harry entered the world following a relatively fine pregnancy.
There were a few complications, including Harry not breathing, but it was not until four weeks they noticed things were not quite right and he began to drop down the growth chart.
A doctor assured them Harry was ‘‘just a small kid’’.
But when he was six months old and still not any better, the couple sought another opinion.
That doctor told the parents to take him straight to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Harry had severe anaemia and if the couple had put it off any longer, Harry could have suffered brain damage.
He was admitted and had a range of tests which returned baffling results.
After years and countless tests and surgeries, doctors are still unsure as to his exact condition, including an abnormality to his pituitary gland and the latest unexplained hypoglycaemic episodes which put him in a life-threatening state.
Now the couple has turned to the community for Harry.
Mr and Mrs Henderson have been told they need to medical advice from some of the world’s best specialists in the United States and started a fundraising page online.
The couple thanked Rocky and Bianca Damore, the school and A1 Concreting for support.
‘‘The support has been overwhelming. It’s not just the local community but we’ve had people Australiawide donating or holding fundraisers,’’ Mrs Henderson said.
To donate online, visit gofundme.com/brighten-harrysfuture
Helping hand: Danyelle and Ben Henderson and their children, Josh, Dylan and Harry accept a cheque from Cobram Anglican Grammar School principal Steve Gale.