Get involved in Bake it Better this October and make a difference.
The money you raise by getting involved in Bake it Better will be concentrated in four main areas:
- Building a better hospital so more parents can stay with their children
- Research to improve care and cures
- New equipment to help our exceptional doctors and nurses
- Patient and family support
Rudy first came to Great Ormond Street Hospital when he was five years old, after his parents noticed their usually bubbly boy was being sick for no apparent reason.
Rudy’s father Sam says: “As well as nausea, he looked like he was in a lot of discomfort. Rudy lost the cheeky and charming character that we knew and loved.”
After an emergency brain scan, the family’s fears were realised. “My heart sank as they explained that Rudy had a sizable tumour. They said we needed to go straight to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which I’d always associated the hospital with really sick children, so I felt incredibly scared.”
The day after arriving at GOSH Rudy had his first operation to release pressure in his brain. Sam says: “The operation took a nerve-wracking six and-a-half hours!”
After his initial operation, Rudy’s condition worsened and he lost sensation in the right side of his body. He was rushed back in to surgery after a scan revealed a blood clot, almost the same size as the tumour, had formed in his brain.
The following days remained worrying as Rudy’s recovery was slow and variable. Sam recalls: “But during Rudy’s recovery, the nurses on Koala Ward were fantastic. They all fell in love with Rudy and looked after him as if he was their own. While at GOSH I’ve counted over 75 people who helped Rudy in one way or another, and I can’t thank each of them enough.”
After two years of having the all clear, Rudy and his family were called to GOSH in December 2014, following a routine brain scan. Rudy’s dad recalls the day, “I remember Dr Michalski walking towards us with his head bowed. I got that dread as I knew immediately that something wasn’t right.”
A second tumour had been found on Rudy’s pituitary gland, at base of his brain. “They wanted to start 52 weeks of chemotherapy to stop the tumour growing.”
“Rudy has come out of it a little battle scarred. He’s missed three years of his childhood and he’s behind in so many things. He’s raging with enthusiasm and he’s just very frustrated when he can’t keep up with his peers.
“The experience has inspired him to want to be a nurse or a doctor. He told me that he would be able to talk to the children. We’re really lucky. Without GOSH Rudy wouldn’t be here today.”
Raise some dough!
Get involved and have a bake sale between 17 and 23 October 2016. With your support, we can help transform the lives of seriously ill children, like Rudy, at Great Ormond Street Hospital.