Barry and Katrina Knight are proud parents to their three children, including daughter Paris. They can still vividly remember being rushed to the RCH on referral from a paediatrician in Geelong who told them to take Paris to the hospital right away. She was only three.
“At the time, other than having identified a tumour, we didn’t know what was in front of us and whether Paris would survive or not,” said Barry.
Upon arriving at the RCH, the Knight family met Paris’ surgeon. They were told she would need surgery the following day.
“The nurses, doctors and carers were so amazingly supportive. Nothing was too much trouble and they took the time to answer all our questions and listened to our concerns. Even with our particular challenge, we soon realised that there was always someone worse off,” said Barry.
Thankfully, the tumour was removed in its entirety and after three weeks at the RCH, Paris was able to go home.
Paris and her family would continue to come to the hospital for regular check-ups. Initially, these were every three months, however over time they have extended and the family now visits the RCH once every two years.
At their last scan, Paris and her family received some devastating news. The tumour had returned.
“It was an emotional shock as it just came so out of the blue,” said Barry.
While it’s likely Paris will require further surgery, this latest discovery hasn’t dampened her spirits. Barry describes Paris as an active and energetic girl, who loves her sport.
“Katrina and I love seeing her be so active. It reminds us how lucky we are,” said Barry.
Barry and Katrina recently reviewed their Wills and decided it was time to include a charitable gift.
“When we decided to update our Wills, our solicitor prompted us to consider any bequests we might like to leave. We both immediately agreed the RCH was dear to our hearts and a contribution was worthwhile,” said Barry.