52 Lives

#14 James

Request: Fun days out for James and his family

This is the first time we have found help before the request has even been posted!

We read about 6 year old James, from Minyama, Australia, in the newspaper. In January, he was diagnosed with a high grade Glioma (brain tumour) and was given at most 6 months to live.

His parent’s, Deborah and Paul, were told the tumour was inoperable. Unwilling to accept this, they sent his scans all over the world, desperate to find a surgeon that could help their son.

World-renowned Sydney neurosurgeon Charlie Teo took the case and in February operated on James to remove a large portion of the tumour, giving him a fighting chance. James is due to start radiation therapy and chemotherapy next week.

The local community have united to help raise funds towards the family’s medical bills, which will be in excess of $90,000.

What We Need

We contacted Deborah and Paul to see if there was anything we could do for James and they suggested some fun days out for him. So, we contacted some local attractions and this is what we are sending James.....

What We Did

1. A family pass to Australia Zoo and print of the Irwins, thanks to the incredibly kind team at the zoo.

2. A special VIP day at SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, with a seal encounter and family photo, thanks to the generosity of SEA LIFE and Merlin’s Magic Wand.

If anyone would like to know more about James or how they can help further, visit his Facebook page.

James and his family on a special VIP day at SEA LIFE Mooloolaba