The 2021 Home for a Cure charity auction was another huge success, with the home selling for $821,000 via virtual auction on Thursday 14th October. Blesson and Reena were the lucky bidders, securing the beautiful 4-bedroom Hampshire 25 by Porter Davis Homes, with proceeds going to My Room Children’s Cancer Charity.
The auction itself was just one part of a major fundraising campaign for My Room, which incorporates Channel Nine’s annual Footy Show Grand Final Eve My Room Telethon. This year the event raised more than $3.3 million dollars in donations, including an initial $600,000 pledged by Satterley and Porter Davis, plus an additional $221,000 following the auction result. The proceeds from the telethon and the auction will go to My Room to fund support for families with a child undergoing cancer treatment, medical equipment, clinical care, as well as research and clinical trials.
The Hampshire 25 is an exceptional home that ticks all of a discerning buyer’s boxes. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms and plenty of living space, this home design makes absolutely no compromises on style or functionality.
A master bedroom sits at the front of the home with not one, but two walk-in robes and an ensuite. An additional three bedrooms are catered for by a bathroom and separate powder room, while a laundry and mudroom creates a much-needed space to shake of the wet Melbourne weather. An open-plan kitchen, living and dining creates an inviting hub of the home and is the ultimate communal space for families to come together. Extending off this area is a rumpus room that provides a second enclosed living zone and is perfect for the kids gaming or a cosy movie night in.
Arcadia in Officer is one of the most popular new master-planned communities in Melbourne’s south east. With three brand new schools and a childcare centre, and walking distance to Officer train station and the future Officer town centre, you’ll love calling Arcadia home.
The sought after 512sqm lot is ideally located in the heart of the community, opposite a future primary school and a stone’s throw from a brand new $2.3 million community park.
My Room is a volunteer led organisation, working together to support patients and families affected by cancer, without the bureaucracy. We rely on the generosity of our donors to fund support for families, medical equipment, clinical care, research and trials. We’re committed to raising funds ethically and in a cost effective manner.
Over the past 29 years, My Room has raised more than $24 million to improve the quality of life for patients with childhood cancer. My Room won’t stop until there’s a 100% cure rate for childhood cancers. Until then, it will continue supporting patients and families during their treatment journey and into their future.
Henry Jenkins is a five-year-old with fighting spirit beyond his years. He was a happy and active little boy who loved going to kinder, playing sports and building Lego, until he was diagnosed with Stage V Nephroblastoma (Wilms) just three months shy of his fifth birthday in August 2020.
First-time parents Jade and Adam Jenkins detected something was wrong was when they noticed Henry’s bloated tummy, loss of appetite and intermittent pain. A local GP referred Henry for an ultrasound and within 24 hours he had his first doctor’s appointment. Henry was admitted to Monash Children’s Hospital in Victoria with a preliminary diagnosis of bilateral kidney cancer.
Wilms is an insidious, rare disease. In Australia, there are approximately 35 cases of Wilms tumour diagnosed each year.
Within a week of his diagnosis, Henry had a biopsy, a port was implanted in his chest, and he commenced chemotherapy. Just five days after Henry was admitted to hospital, on the day his parents were awaiting his biopsy results, tough new COVID-19 restrictions were enforced. Only one parent was permitted to be with Henry in hospital at any one time, making an already distressing situation even harder for all.
Henry endured 12 rounds of pre-operative chemotherapy. In November 2020, he had major surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital to remove the tumours and portions of both of his kidneys. The operation took nine hours. Recovery was tough, but Henry was tougher. He spent one night in ICU, followed by two weeks recovering on the surgical ward.
In December 2020, Henry underwent 15 days of radiotherapy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He has just completed round 21 of chemotherapy and has three rounds of high-dose post-operative chemotherapy protocol remaining.
Through his treatment, Henry has shown pure courage, strength, and astounding resilience. While fear of relapse is one of his parent’s greatest concerns, they are proud of their son and know he can achieve anything he sets his mind to.
Channel 9 has been a proud supporter of My Room for the past 15 years. This partnership is committed to assisting the children’s cancer charity to make a difference to the lives of children with cancer and their families.
In 2016, the Footy Show Telethon was launched with all proceeds raised going to fund cancer research, vital medical staff and equipment, and supporting families in need.
In the last five years, the Telethon, now known as the Nine My Room Telethon has raised more than $7 million for the charity. Proceeds from the sale of the 2021 Home For A Cure will be announced at the Nine My Room Telethon later this year.
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