However, their bravery is relative compared to that of some strong local children and teenagers, who have had to show steely resolve while facing illnesses recently.
The two came together last week when 12 young people were recognised when the Fremantle Dockers joined with the South Metropolitan Area Health Service AJ Diamond Bravery Awards.
The annual event recognises their courage while being treated at Fremantle Hospital, Rockingham General Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital or Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital these last 12 months.
One of the children recognised was Beaconsfield’s Jessica Singleton (4), who last July was admitted to Fremantle Hospital with pneumonia.
Jessica’s bravery stemmed from allowing her single mother Chor-ueang to split her time between hospital and home, where she was taking care of younger sister Salina.
Her mother said last year was a bad one, with both girls suffering from numerous colds, both Jessica and Salina eventually succumbing to pneumonia, but this year had already started better, Jessica enjoying her Kindergarten year in relatively good health.