July 29 2016, 3:58 pm
It’s been 10 years since the RCH saved Finley Warren’s life. Determined to give back to the hospital as a thank you for the care he received, Fin aims to raise $10,000 by busking and bike riding from Maffra to Melbourne.
Ten years ago, doctors confirmed what they’d suspected: Fin had Long-Gap Oesophageal Atresia, meaning that his oesophagus wasn’t connected to his stomach. Fin was admitted to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) unable to be fed orally or swallow his own saliva without choking. Three major surgeries and around-the-clock care were needed to connect Fin’s oesophagus to his stomach and get him well.
“With every birthday, we reminisce about those difficult early days. The rawness of the emotions can make it seem like Fin’s arrival was just yesterday and I’m not sure that that feeling will ever fade,” said Kelly Warren, Fin’s mum.
It’s been almost two years since Fin’s last hospital visit, but he remains grateful for the life-saving care he received. To say thank you, Fin will be busking and riding his bike the 230km journey from Maffra to Melbourne, fundraising along the way. Fin’s goal is $10,000 or $1,000 for each year since the hospital saved his life.
“We sat down as a family to discuss how we could raise the money and the idea of bike riding from Maffra to Melbourne was suggested. There was no going back as Fin’s enthusiasm was pure motivation for us all. Fin’s determination to give back to the hospital is truly inspiring and brings us so much joy. We couldn’t be prouder.”
An accomplished busker playing regular gigs with his acoustic guitar at local markets, Fin generously decided to give 100% of his busking proceeds to the RCH during his fundraising. Over the last three months, he’s raised around $500 and still has three markets to go before the big ride in early October.
“As a family, we are so grateful to the NICU because without this incredible facility and the expertise of the staff who work there, our generous 10-year old boy simply wouldn’t be here. Many of the sickest babies just wouldn’t have a future. Please support Fin in his efforts to give back and help.”
For more info on Fin’s fundraising, visit his Facebook page.