THREE of Australia’s top professional athletes have joined forces to help one soft-cheeked pint-sized six-year-old on a mission of a lifetime to create a ‘Wonder Team’of sporting legends and everyday heroes to run, cycle, and swim for kids in hospital with stories like his.
Diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma at just three years of age, Oscar has become an inspirational ambassador for the Children’s Hospitals Foundation which relies on donations to fund medical research to help cure childhood illnesses and needs to recruit at least 40 people to complete the Wonder Team and raise a goal of $30,000 for the charity.
Three high-profile sporting stars have already pledged to join Oscar’s Wonder Team including dual Olympian and Gold Coaster Ky Hurst (pictured), professional cyclist Josh Maeder, and triathlon legend Jason Shortis.
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With seven Australian Ironman titles under his belt Ky Hurst said lending his name and sport to the cause was the least he could do to help Oscar and the Children’s Hospital Foundation raise funds for families in need.
“My career has relied on being fit and healthy, but I don’t take for granted that illness can strike myself or my 15-month-old son at any time,” Ky Hurst said.
“As a father, Oscar’s story resonated with me and I’m only too happy to lend my sporting ability to help raise funds for this cause.”
Ky will join fellow professional athletes Josh Maeder and Jason Shortis on the Wonder Team to inspire others to help Oscar reach his target.
Oscar’s mother Brianna Preobrajensky said she was unbelievably proud of her son who has only recently entered the remission phase of his treatment.
“We couldn’t be prouder of Oscar as an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, a charity which has helped our family so much,” Brianna said.
“He has grown from strength to strength and is just a normal energetic little boy trying to get through every day. He really can’t wait to cheer on the boys at the finish line on the day.”
The Children’s Hospital Foundation is the official charity partner for the 2014 Subaru Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival but Oscar still needs a minimum of 40 people to join the Wonder Team before registrations close on 21st February.
To join Oscar’s Wonder Team at the Mooloolaba Triathlon, Friday 14 to Sunday 16 March, visit the Working Wonders website.