DELIVERING JOY: The Starlight Express Room became a home away from home during Taylor’s treatment at Randwick Children’s Hospital.
DELIVERING JOY: The Starlight Express Room became a home away from home during Taylor’s treatment at Randwick Children’s Hospital. CONTRIBUTED

Starlight gives Taylor the gift of play

WHEN four-year-old Taylor couldn't shake a cold and became increasingly lethargic in May last year, mum Rachelle never imagined a blood test would reveal a dangerously low white blood cell count and a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

As a result of Taylor's ongoing treatment, the family had to spend a lot of time in Sydney, away from their Sandy Beach home, their family and friends.

The mother and daughter spent an initial six months at Randwick Children's Hospital, and the following months travelling back and forth between Sydney and the Coffs Coast.

The Starlight Express Room made Taylor's time at the hospital a little bit brighter.

The room is a medical-free space where Captain Starlight delivers fun, joy and laughter via distractive therapies to sick kids and their families who need a break from the relentless cycle of medical treatment.

Taylor was able to forge friendships with children who understood what she was going through.

"She didn't like being in hospital but there was always something to do," Rachelle said.

"She could always go play games or have her face painted and it made the days easier.

"I couldn't imagine going through this experience without Starlight."

Taylor has finished her intensive chemotherapy and continues travelling to Sydney for maintenance chemotherapy.

Starlight Children's Foundation is urgently calling for Australians to help raise $360,000 before June 30 to give the gift of play to seriously ill children like Taylor.

Click here to make an online donation.



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