Fundraising helps Jarrah on journey

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Born with cleft lip and palate, the young boy has been in and out of Princess Margaret Hospital for months receiving treatment.

The cleft lip was first detected in his mum Carmen Milligan’s 19-week pregnancy scan.

He had his first major operation, a lip repair, at just three-months-old.

It followed with a palate repair operation at nine months as well as a grommet operation to assist with his hearing and future speech development.

Seeing first hand the treatment the Milligan family has received from the PMH Cleft Lip and Palate Unit, prompted Carmen’s close friend Jen Millsteed to rally family and friends from her hometown Dowerin, to fundraise for the unit.

Ms Millsteed said was inspired to raise the money once she found out Carmen’s baby would be born with the condition and the treatment they had been receiving.

‘We decided to run in last year’s City to Surf and raised more than $5000,’ she said.

‘We were Team Smile with the motto changing smiles one step at a time.’

Last Friday, Ms Millsteed travelled from Dowerin to present the cheque for more than $5000 to the unit with Ms Milligan.

BHP has committed to match the donation dollar for dollar.

Ms Milligan said she was proud of her friend and excited to be able to give back to a unit that has given her so much support.

‘You are shocked to hear that your son is not going to be perfect but as soon as you contact the unit everything seems ok,’ she said.

‘They are fantastic, they support you through everything and make you realise everything is ok.’

Ms Milligan said she would like to see the donation go to cleft lip and palate research.