Blast from the past brings hope
HOPE for help for Whitsunday mother Bree Hammond has come from a friend from the past, in fact an old friend from high school - Sam Cartwright.
The Whitsunday Times published an article about Mrs Hammond's plea for support in May after her unborn baby was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia with VSD - a hole in the heart that will be repaired once the baby is 6-12 months old.
The baby will also need a shunt inserted soon after birth for blood to flow from the heart to the lungs that will need to be replaced as it grows into an adult.
Mr Cartwright heard about the baby's condition on Facebook and after some research got in contact with his old friend to help assist her and her family with their financial difficulties.
An independent game developer, Mr Cartwright has joined forces with other game developers to create 'Games for Growing a Broken Heart' - a series of mobile games that raises funds for the Hammond family. Mr Cartwright hopes to raise at least $5000 to cover Mrs Hammond's medical and travel costs through the sale of mobile games published by game developers including donating 20 cents from every sale of his new game 'Doubloons' that launches tomorrow Friday, July 6. Gaming company Genius Interactive have also jumped on board and will donate a portion of sales from their game 'Viking Burger' to the Hammond family, while Brisbane studio FreshTome Games has pledged a cash donation.
"The support we have been given by family and friends has just been amazing even from those we have never met," Mrs Hammond said.
"I am very grateful for Sam's support."
Mrs Hammond is at 33 weeks today and staying at Ronald McDonald House in Brisbane having check ups at the Royal Children's Hospital.
To donate to the Hammond family visit www.facebook.com/growingabrokenheart.