A beautiful, unique child full of Love – Meet Marly
Marly is 12 years old and lives at home with her Dad Yanto, Mum Sandy and Sister Billie. There’s never a dull or quiet moment when Marly’s around, and she brings joy, laughter and a little bit of crazy to her home.
The world just needs to know that she’s herself, a beautiful, unique child that’s just full of love and full of joy and she just needs to be herself.Sandy (Marly’s Mum)
Marley loves babies, toddlers, breakfast, lunch and dinner and bald heads!
She’s friendly and loves to chat with absolutely anyone. She asks the same weird and wonderful questions over and over again. When Marly grows up she wants to be an astronaut, teacher, builder, hairdresser, popcorn maker or just do “boring adult stuff”.
People with Prader-Willi Syndrome are kind, resilient, wonderful individuals, they have goals, dreams, and aspirations just like everyone else. Families strive to support their loved ones with Prader-Willi Syndrome and help them live their best life and this year want to bring awareness to others to ‘see their child as they see themselves – the whole person rather than just a person with a Prader-Willi Syndrome’.
In May, the 15 for 15 Challenge will raise awareness and funds for Prader-Willi Syndrome. Money raised will assist the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University to continue developing a desperately needed state-wide, evidence-based model of care for children with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
The project is led by Professor Katrina Williams of the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University in close consultation with Associate Professor Tom Connell from The Royal Children’s Hospital. Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, a partnership between leading health service, teaching and research organisations, will support the state-wide plan by working with all stakeholders, including children, families, carers and front-line clinicians, to identify and prioritise elements of the best care. The elements that will be prioritised include specific interventions and supports, models of care, location of care and key principles of care.
The model will be designed for implementation across all Australian hospitals that care for children with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Funds will also be directed to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Victoria (PWSA Victoria) to ensure the continuity and growth of the vital supports and services we provide to our community.