Tiny Riley Hughes died earlier this year from whooping cough. His mum Catherine, has not stopped raising awareness and now she is being recognised for her great work.
“Riley was just 32-days-old, and we left the hospital with empty arms and broken hearts,” Catherine shared earlier this year.
“His death has devastated our family, and we will do everything we can to prevent this happening to another baby or family,” the mother-of-two added.
She has been passionately campaigning over the last eight months to raise awareness of the importance of parents vaccinating their children against preventable diseases.
Her efforts have not gone unrecognised, Catherine has been announced as the Western Australia Young Australian of the Year.
She did it! So incredibly proud to announce that Catherine is Western Australia’s Young Australian of the year winner. She spoke so wonderfully well and though I may be biased I think it’s thoroughly deserved! Thank you everyone who’s supported her. -Riley’s Dad
Every Australian state and territory has free whooping cough booster shots available to pregnant women.
Catherine has also raised $70,000 for whooping cough research.
A mother’s heart ache has no end, Catherine will continue to fight for the cause.
Congratulations, Catherine. We are all proud of what you are doing.
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