Wear a bear for Sam

THE Kensington parents of six-year-old Samuel Arnold know what it means to be thankful.

Their son was diagnosed with acute oesophageal stenosis while they were living in France in January 2014 and during tests, doctors discovered a cancerous tumour on his kidney.

The family came home to Perth and mum Stephanie said Samuel underwent surgery at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children to remove his kidney. His throat was also successfully treated through regular dilatations and medication, during which time he was largely tube fed for about 15 months.

�We very much appreciate the incredible support of doctors and staff at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children,� she said.

�As of a few weeks ago we�ve been told his oesophagus is fully healed, and he�s a healthy happy little boy. We�ll still have to follow up with oncology, but other than that he is great.�

Friday, May 22, is the annual Wear a Bear Day for PMH appeal and volunteers are still needed to help in the Perth CBD and metropolitan shopping centres.

�We are enormously grateful to all our volunteers who support PMH Foundation through Wear A Bear Day for PMH. Even if it�s just for an hour or two, every minute of your time helps support children at the hospital,� PMH Foundation Chief Executive Officer Denys Pearce said.

Wear A Bear Day for PMH supports children cared for at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

Since its inception in 1998, PMH Foundation has been the conduit for more than $60 million in financial support to PMH. This has helped fund life-saving research, specialist staff, vital equipment, complementary services and capital projects.

Visit http://www.pmhfoundation.com/ for more information.