Super mum rises to triple challenge with a smile

Jonathan and Dee Marlow with sons Lachie, Andrew and Jordie.
Jonathan and Dee Marlow with sons Lachie, Andrew and Jordie.

Not only does Mrs Marlow raise three autistic and epileptic boys ” Andrew (12), Jordan (10) and Lachlan (8) ” co-run three successful businesses and a thriving charity with her husband Jonathan, but she is also a qualified counsellor.

Her upbeat disposition does not give away the fact that for the past 10 years, she has been waking up at 2am and getting to bed at 10pm to balance her work/life schedule.

But Mrs Marlow takes it all in her stride, deciding early on not to let her children’s medical issues be an obstacle for the family.

‘At one point, we realised that there was very little help for families like ours and for a couple of days we felt helpless, but to us it was not an option to wallow in self-pity, so we decided to help ourselves,’ she said.

Mr and Mrs Marlow launched a service called Friends With Autism in 2005 for other families in their situation, that offered a toy and information library, and it quickly grew.

‘We were able to expand on our services, employ a clinical psychologist and provide early intervention programs and I got my counselling qualifications,’ she said.

Mrs Marlow said the charity recently secured funding through Movies By Burswood, which she said was a ‘godsend’.

‘It is so hard to fundraise in Perth because there are so many organisations out there fundraising, but this took some of the pressure off and will help expand our services,’ she said.