Forrestfield family light a candle for Brodie to raise money for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation


Leisha Clarkson and Maya lighting a candle for Brodie. Pictures: David Baylis
In training for the walk.         d461224
Forrestfield family light a candle for Brodie to raise money for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation
Leisha Clarkson and Maya lighting a candle for Brodie. Pictures: David Baylis In training for the walk.        d461224

AFTER losing her baby nephew to a cardiac tumour earlier this year, Forrestfield’s Leisha Clarkson and her family will step out to support Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Leisha’s sister Kylie McDonald was 30 weeks pregnant when doctors discovered her baby boy had an extremely rare tumour growing on his heart.

Little Brodie Ash McDonald was born on March 1 and his family were able to spend four precious weeks with their son before he died.

Team Brodie will honour his memory by fundraising for the Foundation (formerly PMH) on Sunday, November 13 at Burswood Park.

“When Kylie and Justin were staying in Perth (from Geraldton) earlier this year, I often felt like there was nothing I could do to help,” Ms Clarkson said.

“I started making candles as a hobby, which I could give to Kylie as a small way to help show my support during the really sad days.”

The candles started as a legacy for Brodie as a way to pay it forward and grew into a small business.

Ms Clarkson will donate $1 from the sale of every After Hours Candle sold towards the family goal of raising $2000 for the Foundation.

“Doing the John Hughes Big Walk is a way for us to move in a positive direction and remember Brodie, but also to support the children’s hospital so it can help other families who are going through similar things now and in the future,” she said.

Foundation chief executive Denys Pearce is encouraging families to walk for a ward and choose one of 12 different areas at the hospital.