It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
For most people. This Christmas, thousands of Australians will be suffering from chronic illness and miss out on spending the time with their family. In 2013, one of those people was Linda Warton.
After contracting what she thought was a simple cold, she slipped into an unexpected coma. It turns out she was suffering from Legionnaires Disease – a type of bacterial pneumonia that can be fatal if not treated correctly. She was transferred from Nambour Hospital to The Prince Charles Hospital to undergo treatment and continued to be monitored while she was in a coma.
For the weeks leading up to Christmas, her family planned visits and waited by the phone, fearing the worst. Luckily thanks to her treatment, she was able to wake up before Christmas and spend the day with her husband. This isn’t the case for a lot of people who suffer from lung diseases or other chronic illnesses.
This Christmas, we are hoping to raise $150,000 for important medical research, so we can help more people like Linda. Just $44 powers one hour of research, and can mean the world of difference to those suffering from chronic illness.
With people power, we can help more people make it home for Christmas this year. See how you can help here.