Echuca mother Rachel Ellis will be the face of a new partnership which will see millions of dollars donated to the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation.By Jess Craig
Echuca mother Rachel Ellis is the face of a new partnership between Bendigo Bank and The Royal Children’s Hospital.
The partnership will see millions of dollars donated to the RCH Foundation to help change the health outcomes of thousands of Victorian children.
Ms Ellis, who also works at Bendigo Bank, is highlighting the difference the partnership will make by sharing her son Ryder’s incredible journey at the RCH.
Ryder was diagnosed with a rare disease, Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis.
LCH disease is a cancer-like disease, where the body’s Langerhan’s cells
Ryder has been undergoing treatment at the RCH.
RCH Children’s Cancer Centre treating oncologist Dr Marty Campbell said Ryder also developed diabetes insipidus because of the cancer’s affect on his pituitary gland.
Eight months after being diagnosed, Ryder is still undergoing chemotherapy, which sees him travel with his family to the hospital every three weeks.
‘‘The support we have received at the RCH has been phenomenal,’’ Ms Ellis said.
‘‘The friendly staff and world-class facilities make what has been a really tough time a little bit easier.’’
To kick-start the partnership, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chairman Robert Johanson presented a giant cheque for $250,000 donation to the RCH Foundation on Friday.
‘‘You would be hard pressed to find anyone here in Victoria who hasn’t been touched by the RCH and that includes our staff,’’ he said.
The donation will be used to support the hospital’s quest for ongoing excellence.
The RCH Foundation funds the purchase of life-saving equipment, ground breaking research, training of world-leading medical professionals and delivery of the very best in family and patient-centred clinical care.
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