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1 in 20 children is born with a birth defect or genetic disease, and over 600 children are diagnosed with cancer every year.

They are more than numbers, they are people. Here are a few of their stories...

Amy

Amy is the "1 in every 10,000" born with the rare neurodevelopmental disorder William’s Syndrome.

Carole

Carole lost her mum, son and recently her sister due to a genetic disease that she too suffers from. It’s a battle which has crossed generations and one which Carole continues to fight.

Ella

When Ella was just 3 years old her parents (Kath and Dave) started to notice that she was not gaining weight, despite eating normally and she seemed to tire easily. When Ella’s condition was finally picked up, the family’s life started to unravel…

Erin

Born at just 25 1/2 weeks and weighing a mere 597 grams, she was given a 5 percent chance of survival...

Eva

Kathryn and Daniel Pym, like any expecting parents, dreamt of a perfectly healthy start to life for their first child. But they quickly had to come to terms with a very different reality.

Fred

Fred was only 7 months old when he began aggressive chemotherapy treatments for an atypical tumour that no one had seen before...

Joel

Diagnosed with 2q37 deletion and 11q24.3 duplication, Joel Short is determined not to let genetic disease stand in the way of big dreams.

Livia

Livia’s family first started to notice that something was wrong when Livia was only a few weeks old. Scans showed Livia’s brain was ‘underdeveloped’, but it didn’t explain the cause...

Madeline

Madeline was born with a genetic disease: OTC deficiency. She went through 11 months of intense treatment for the urea cycle defect that was causing her liver to fail, and before her first birthday the doctors said she needed a liver transplant...

Riley

Riley can have 46 absence seizures in 4 hours, and that is just a normal day. Social life is affected, school is affected, the whole family is affected. And he’s not getting better...