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Easter life-saving gifts

Young Coast patient promotes benefits of Children’s Hospital appeal.

A four-year-old from the Sunshine Coast, who was given a diagnosis with only a 60 per cent chance of survival, has become a beacon of hope in the fight against childhood cancer.

Tessa Perry’s story is one of resilience and courage.

Now, the young fighter is rallying the community to support the Children’s Hospital Foundation this Easter.

In November 2023, after a trip to her local emergency department complaining of stomach pains, Tessa was diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma – a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

“Learning Tessa had only a 60 per cent chance of survival left us shocked, scared and absolutely terrified,” Tessa’s mum Renee Perry says.

Tessa has recently completed her fifth round of induction chemotherapy and is gearing up for a major operation to remove a main mass, followed by a challenging phase of at least two months in isolation to reset her system, and culminating in a complete bone marrow transplant.

“Being away from home during Tessa’s treatment is incredibly hard, but the Children’s Hospital Foundation has been a lifeline, easing the burden and making our stays less boring,” Ms Perry says.

Now, Tessa and her family are stepping forward as the faces of the Sunshine Coast region for the Children’s Hospital Foundation Easter Appeal.

All donations made at Sunshine Coast Woolworths stores will go towards the Queensland Children’s Hospital to ensure sick children receive the best possible care and treatment.

Since 2016, more than $330,000 has been raised for Sunshine Coast children through the Easter Appeal.

Each year, Queensland Children’s Hospital has about 1696 inpatient admissions, 13,810 outpatient admissions and 550 emergency department presentations from children in the Sunshine Coast region.

Customers can purchase a $2 egg-shaped wall token or make donations to the Children’s Hospital Foundation at all Woolworths stores across the Sunshine Coast until April 2.

Visit childrens.org.au for more information.

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