Georgia’s generous spirit no small thing

Justine Snowdon with her daughter Georgia, recently diagnosed with Mosaic Turner Syndrome, selling cupcakes to raise money for PMH.
Justine Snowdon with her daughter Georgia, recently diagnosed with Mosaic Turner Syndrome, selling cupcakes to raise money for PMH.

Georgia (10) has Mosaic Turner Syndrome, a chromosomal condition that affects growth and has the potential to affect puberty and fertility.

In Australia, one in every 2000 girls is born with Turner Syndrome ” mosaic is one of two types.

Diagnosed in 2011, Georgia will take a growth hormone for the next five years and has already grown four centimetres in the last four months.

Now 1.28m tall, she previously grew about three cm a year.

Mother Justine said counselling and contact with a 12-year-old girl from Tom Price with the same condition had been a big boost for her daughter, who had faced confidence and self-esteem issues because of her short stature. They also joined the Turner Syndrome Association of Australia.

‘The diagnosis came out of the blue although we sort of knew that something was not quite right,’ she said.

‘We were upset at the time but have turned it into a positive and are doing something proactive ” raising money for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

‘Georgia’s disorder means that over the next 10 years, she will continue to visit PMH for treatment.

‘PMH has been wonderful in supporting Georgia and us as a family and, off her own back, she decided to start fundraising for the hospital to give something back.’

Georgia’s first effort, a cake stall and tin shake at Kinross primary on State Election polling day, March 9, raised about $530.

‘Thank you to the Kinross community for its generosity,’ Mrs Snowdon said.

‘We plan another stall for the Federal Election in September and possibly a garage sale and high tea and raffle.’