LIT­TLE STARS IN­SPIR­ING US ALL Telethon a chance to help kids in fight of their lives

Canning Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

EVA Mol­loy and Cal­lum Ber­ris­ford have had more than their fair share of hard knocks in their young lives, but it doesn’t stop them mak­ing the most of ev­ery day.

You need no more rea­son than the com­pelling courage of this year’s Lit­tle Telethon Stars to ap­pre­ci­ate how much we have go­ing for us in our own lives, and how much a lit­tle gen­eros­ity could change the life of some­one in need.

Eva (8) has spina bi­fida myelomenin­go­cele, a con­gen­i­tal de­fect that stopped her spinal cord de­vel­op­ing prop­erly. As a re­sult, she has club feet, a con­trolled seizure dis­or­der and bi­lat­eral hip dys­pla­sia, and has been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal more times than her par­ents, Sylvia and Shane Mol­loy, want to count.

But Mrs Mol­loy said de­spite Eva hav­ing more bad days than good since she was di­ag­nosed at 20 weeks in the womb, “her take on life is so pos­i­tive”.

“She doesn’t let any­thing stop her,” she said. “There’s no fear fac­tor there and no bound­aries.”

Cal­lum (11) was di­ag­nosed with neu­rob­las­toma when he was just seven months old.

He has strug­gled with high fre­quency hear­ing loss, a slow growth rate and is miss­ing 13 adult teeth, all con­se­quences of years of chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion treat­ments.

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