Ronan the little Hero raises awareness for Bailey’s Day
You wouldn’t know four year-old Ronan Keating is sick. Diagnosed with leukaemia at just 17 months old, for the last three years the energetic pre-schooler has arrived for chemotherapy treatment at Monash Children’s Hospital dressed as a superhero of his choice!
Ronan and his mum, Jessica are working hard to raise awareness for Bailey’s Day, an annual fundraising event named after Bailey Tessier, who passed away from a brain tumour when he was just two years old.
Bailey’s father, Patrick recalls his son’s time at Monash Children’s Hospital and the desperate need for more specialists to help treat more sick children like him. When Bailey passed away, Patrick made it his mission to raise the funds needed to train more paediatric oncologists.
“It was very important for me to be able to do something after that,” recalls Patrick Tessier, Bailey’s father.
And he has, raising nearly $3 million since for specialist training. It costs around $120,000 to train a paediatric oncologist. Thanks to Bailey’s Day, 15 doctors have had their training funded, a much needed resource to help treat children with cancer.
Thanks also to some serious superhero power, Ronan is on track to finish his treatment next year!
To register or donate to Bailey’s Day, taking place on Tuesday 5 December, visit www.baileysday.com.au