CAROL Armstrong’s baby girl tragically passed away at only nine months old.
Having been born prematurely in 1983, Mrs Armstrong’s daughter Tracey Leanne spent those months in and out of hospital battling complications from her lungs not being properly developed.
Tracey eventually succumbed to viral pneumonia just three months short of her first birthday.
Now, 34 years later, the Hammond Park resident will put her best foot forward and support the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) neonatal team at this year’s Big Walk for PMH.
Mrs Armstrong said taking part in the Big Walk is a small thing she can do to help the amazing team at the hospital.
“I can still remember the doctors that cared for (Tracey) so wonderfully, all of these years later, including a doctor called Paddy Pemberton who was exceptional,” Mrs Armstrong said.
“The team at PMH were just incredible and they tried their absolute hardest to save our little girl, unfortunately it wasn’t to be but I will never forget their kindness.”
A Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation (PCHF) representative said the organisation hopes to raise more than the $84,000 raised last year.
This year, participants can walk either 6km or 15km, enjoying a variety of fun activities along the route.
Since its inception in 1998, PCHF, formerly PMH Foundation, has been the conduit for more than $70 million in financial support to PMH and the wider Child and Adolescent Health Service.