Luke and Holly Priddis started the Luke Priddis Foundation in 2006 after their third child Cooper was diagnosed with Autism.
“As parents of a child with ASD, we understand the combination of frustration, grief and joy felt by every parent of a child with special needs, especially when it comes to accessing early intervention services for our children. There are very few services that cater specifically for children with ASD.” (Luke Priddis)
For the thousands of children in Australia with ASD, early intervention services are vital. These services help our kids learn the simple things that most parents are able to take for granted such as, how to talk, read, write, draw, and even how to play with other children. These skills then give them a better chance at independence as they grow up.
Simply, the Foundation aims to improve the lives of children with ASD. Through our own experiences and through talking to other parents with children who have been diagnosed with ASD, we decided the best way to support these kids was through early intervention education and community awareness and education.
Each year, the Foundation holds various events, including our annual ‘Fitness for Autism’, to promote understanding of ASD in the community. They also hold workshops and seminars to help educate parents and professionals, such as doctors, nurses and teachers, who work with children with ASD.
The Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is the largest children’s cancer unit in NSW. Up to 150 new children with cancer are referred to the Centre each year.
Our clinical services cover the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of childhood cancer and leukaemia and include:
- Dedicated inpatient ward for acute care Camperdown Ward (Oncology inpatient care)
- Outpatient treatment centre for ongoing management and support care
- Bone marrow transplantation service
- Neuro-oncology service
- Radiation oncology
- Psychological and support services
- Palliative care and bereavement support
- Late effects clinic
- Education of parents/families and health professionals
- Clinical research and clinical trials, including participation in the research trials of the US Children’s Oncology Group (COG).
We’re fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease
The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. For over 50 years, we’ve led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. Our sights are set on a world where people don’t suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease.