Real Kids' Stories
1 in 20 kids face a birth defect or genetic disease. These are just a few of their stories.
When people ask Haley Holmes why she has become such a strong advocate for her son Hamish, she has an easy response.
Beautiful Charlize was diagnosed with Propionic Acidemia and has already undergone two liver transplants.
Living with cystic fibrosis means Charlie takes 20 pills, does physiotherapy and uses a nebuliser every day of his life.
Ben’s cancer was so aggressive that he spent 96 nights in hospital, sometimes on chemotherapy for 22 hours at a time.
Mollyjane’s parents were told she wouldn’t survive a few days, so they celebrate every new day as a major miracle.
Briella spent 10 months in hospital to straighten her spine but came out with nothing but a smile and positive attitude.
Max’s genetic condition is so rare, his parents don’t even know what his lifespan will be. They just hope that research will change that.
Any genetic disease is a challenge, but Lachlan lives with multiple conditions that impact every aspect of his life.
Chloe and her twin sister Zara were just two years old when she was diagnosed with a stage five Wilms Tumour and started chemotherapy.
When little Ethan was born, his family had no idea what challenges their little boy would face.
Henry and his sister Rosalie both live with a very rare disorder known as LCHAD.
At four weeks old Iluka was diagnosed with a genetic disease which can affect her brain, heart, lungs, connective tissue, and bowel.
Kush was born with a a unique mutation on his FoxG1 gene which has not been reported previously in any database or literature.
Linke’s family were told she wouldn’t make her second birthday, now that she is six years old every day is a blessing.
Maddy was born with Diastrophic Dysplasia and requires continual monitoring throughout her childhood.
Four-year-old Naomi is a beautiful little girl diagnosed with SATB2 Associated Syndrome (SAS), a rare genetic syndrome.
At just 2 years old Max was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, and ADHD.
It’s hard to have hope when you don’t know your child’s life expectancy, but Gary Boyer constantly thinks of how far research has come and what it has achieved.
Like so many first time mums, Rhiannon had nothing but gut instinct to tell her that something was wrong when Cooper was born.
Sasha realised something wasn’t right when her little boy, Quinn, couldn’t turn his head at the sound of his name.
Her two-first born children were a blessing to new mum, Bec, however, almost instantly she noticed something was wrong with Ruby.
Two-year-old Ryan may have an extremely serious genetic disease, but his parents will never let him feel like a victim.
Five year old Simon starts every day with a strict routine of physiotherapy and up to 25 pills to treat his Cystic Fibrosis.