One Child’s Dream 2023

Dec 5, 2023

One Child's Dream. Young boy sitting and smiling.

Your generosity will positively change young lives.

I want to share with you the inspiring story of Jude, a remarkable nine-year-old boy, and the incredible impact of your support.

Jude’s parents, Mary and Samuel, had high hopes for their unborn son’s future. Jude was born with a rare congenital condition that affected his right leg, resulting in a deformity and the absence of bones in the lower half. When Jude was two years old, he underwent radical surgery, a lower-limb amputation, to enhance his future mobility.

I’m sure you can imagine how heart-wrenching this decision was for his parents.
While still a toddler, Jude began his remarkable journey at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children. A journey which has been made easier and much brighter thanks to your generous support.

Your thoughtful investment has contributed to the Centre being a place of excellence and to the team here being able to provide leading-edge care for Jude. In the past six years, Prosthetics and Orthotics have designed and adjusted multiple prostheses for him. They have transformed Jude’s mobility, and he now walks so well, at times you wouldn’t know he has a prosthetic leg.

Jude is a real charmer, his smile and dazzling eyes lighting up any room he enters. He excels in school and loves basketball and soccer. He dreams of being a doctor, police officer, a soccer player and so much more.

Donor commitment to inclusivity and Jude’s full participation with his family, school and community has changed his life in more ways than you can imagine. Mary and Samuel reflect that with his prosthetic, he can do everything he pretty much wants. In their words, “Jude seems to be limitless.”
Behind his smile, there is the reality that Jude has overcome significant challenges in his short nine years and his journey is far from over. He will face more obstacles as he grows and will need your dedication and generosity to keep thriving. His family is eternally grateful for your kindness.