Our sincere thanks go to all of our 2018 Walk for Prems Ambassadors.
Brooke Hanson – OAM
An Olympic gold and silver medallist, and radio/television presenter, remains one of Australia’s most recognised Olympians.
Brooke along with husband Jared Clarke experienced nine months in the NICU after the birth of their son Jack Hanson Clarke. Jack was born at 28 weeks 5 days, 12 weeks premature, weighing just 663grams, severely growth restricted and only 32cm long. Sadly, after a nine-month battle in the NICU Jack passed away.
Despite her loss, Brooke wants to continue to bring a greater awareness to the birth of premature babies and the importance Life’s Little Treasures Foundation can have on parents, family and friends through the journey of their “Little Treasure”.
Matt Levy – OAM
Australian Paralympian swimmer and bronze medallist at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Matt has vision impairment and cerebral palsy due to being born 15 weeks premature. He competed in his first Paralympic Games at Athens in 2004, and is a world champion individual medley swimmer.
Dr Simon Fraser
Dr Simon Fraser trained in Neonatology at the Mater Hospital for Women in the late 80s and early 90s and practiced as a Staff Neonatologist at the Mercy Hospital for Women from 1993 to 2005 and then in various Special Care Nurseries in Gippsland until 2016. He currently runs a small private practice in regional Victoria with a particular interest in premature babies.
He also sits on the board as Director of one of the Victorian regional health services.
Director, Raine & Makin. Rusty has two children, Jack and Juno. Jack, Rusty’s first child, was a late pre-term baby who spent the first 10 days of his life in NICU back in 2015. Since this challenging start to Jack’s life, Rusty is always open to sharing his experience to help others feel connected and not alone in theirs.
Founder, Get Kind. Monique is an ex-premmie herself, born at 25 weeks in 2003. She weighed just 665 grams and spent three months in NICU and special care. She is now a published author and social media influencer.
Michelle & Tom Worthington
Michelle Worthington is an internationally published award-winning author of empowering picture books for children of all ages. Her goal is to inspire all children to believe in themselves and encourage reluctant readers to fall in love with books. She’s written a book for families of a premature baby called “My Brother Tom”. Her gorgeous Little Treasure Tom was born premature at 28 weeks, weighing 1350 grams, he is now 3 years old. He’s a real inspiration and beacon of hope for other prem families. Michelle was the recent recipient of the 2018 AusMumpreneur Award for Business Excellence, as a scholarship holder and graduate of the Women’s Business School.