When Ella Furney was just three years old, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumour in her liver. So far this brave preschooler has endured more than 40 hours of surgery and interventional procedures, while her parents continue to hope for a cure.
Avid supporters of Jeans for Genes Day, the Furney family first became aware of the work of Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) long before they ever knew their own child would one day be diagnosed with an incurable, life-threatening illness.
Ella’s mum, Kath says, “Never in a million years did I think the work of CMRI scientists would become so important to us on a personal level.”
“There are still so many unanswered questions for us in relation to Ella’s medical condition, but we live in hope. We know how vital the work of the scientists at CMRI is, not just in terms of treating childhood disease but also preventing it, so other children will not have to endure the same struggles our Ella has faced.”