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Hat number 2 – CoFounder of Mummy’s Wish

This morning I am off to a meeting with Bernadette Vella the Founder of Mummy’s Wish Inc. Mummy’s Wish was her inspiration while in hospital recovering from a stem cell transplant as treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma that didn’t go away after 8 months of chemotherapy. We had met a couple of times in 2003-2006 through a mutual friend, so we were very surprised to end up in the same hospital with the same cancer with the same doctor in July 2006.

I was diagnosed with Stage 2b Hodgkins Lymphoma 11 weeks after my gorgeous daughter was born. Bernadette was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma 14 weeks into her pregnancy. She already had a 2 yr old son. She decided that with all the information that we had found and collected through our treatment, we could set up a charity to support other mums going through treatment to make their lives easier. So that’s what she did, from her hospital bed! She formed the incorporated association, got approval to become a charity, got taxation approval etc. We had discussed this a couple of times  when I had visited so it wasn’t a huge surprise to me. So in September 2007 all the paperwork was approved, however the bodies weren’t quite ready for a few more months. In June 2008 Bernadette rang me and said she was ready to get the charity going and would I like to help. My gut, my heart and my head all knew this was right so I have put all my heart and passion into making Mummy’s Wish a successful charity that supports mums with cancer.

This morning, we are off to the storage shed to pack some treat bags for the mums we support, pack a hamper to raffle off at the Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo in Brisbane 18-20th June, and then we are meeting to strategize! Where do we want to be in 5 years, 1 year 90 days? How do we get there? Who do we need to get there? Big questions!


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