Infant and Children’s Health Appeal

Help us discover break through treatment for childhood diseases.

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Lachy and his sister Isabell

“It gives you hope, not just for your own child, but for others. When we were diagnosed it was 50/50 – we knew medical research could make that better.” – RYAN (Lachy’s father)

At Hudson Institute, we believe every child deserves the right to fully participate in life, yet many face enormous medical battles from day-one.

Help us discover breakthrough treatment for childhood diseases

A donation to our Infant and Children’s Health Appeal will support critical medical research into the challenges facing our smallest and youngest patients – preterm birth, Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), birth asphyxia and childhood cancers – ensuring better outcomes for infants, children and their families.

Our scientists are researching lifesaving treatments and cures.

Infant and children's health appeal features Lachy and his story.

Meet Lachy – one year cancer free

After a prolonged period of illness and a visit to the emergency room, Lachy was found to have an 11 cm tumour in his abdomen. Within days he was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma.

Over a fourteen-month period, Lachy’s tiny body endured five rounds of chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumour and five rounds of immunotherapy. While Lachy has been cancer free for one-year, sadly, there are long-term effects from therapy.

Infant and children's health appeal features Little Baby Jack and his story.

Meet Jack – born prematurely

Jack was born at just 24 weeks, weighing only 777 grams. After his birth, he endured several setbacks, including having to be put on a ventilator when seizures prevented his breathing. For premature babies, surviving birth is often the first of many challenges.

Research will support better outcomes

Professor Marcel Nold is one of the neonatologists looking after Jack. The team he leads with Associate Professor Claudia Nold at Hudson Institute is searching for new treatments that will give babies like Jack a better start to life and provide benefits to their long-term health.

“My team and I want to make a real difference to the lives of families such as Jack, Dani and Darren, by developing new treatments for severe early life disease and making sure these treatments become available to the young patients, “ says Professor Marcel Nold.

With your support, Hudson Institute scientists like Associate Professor Claudia Nold (Hudson Institute) and Professor Marcel Nold (Professor of Paediatric Immunology, Monash University’s Department of Paediatrics; Hudson Institute; and Neonatologist at Monash Newborn, Monash Children’s Hospital) can solve the biggest health challenges facing our smallest and youngest patients.

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We hope these stories show why it is so important to give generously to our Infant and Children’s Health Appeal, so together we can bring smiles to the faces of families who need it most.

Infant and children’s health appeal

Will you give generously before 31 December to help us research lifesaving treatments and cures?