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Not Many Kids Like Brett, Mosman Daily, Nov 1999
8 November 1999

 

Not many kids like Brett

 
It was a case of the school athletics carnival one week and the world the next for the 10-year-old Brett Jones from North Sydney.
 
The Year 4 student at North Sydney Demonstration School packed his bags last week, two days after the school’s sport carnival, to take part in the 1999 World Transplant Games.
 
Brett is by far the youngest member of the Australian squad of 35 and is one of only two juniors who has made the trip to Budapest.
 
The games, held every two years, are similar to the Olympics but open only to people who have had transplants. In 1997 Sydney was the host.
 
Brett won three medals in those games but knows he will face more competition this time, where he is competing in five events.
 
He will be cheered on by his parents, Roslyn and Steve Jones and big brother Scott, 19.
 
The family started the charity Kids Like Brett when the youngster was diagnosed with a rare disease as a baby. He had a bone marrow transplant in June 1999.
 
“They said he would be lucky to reach his first birthday,” says Mr Jones. “He had four or five bad years and then just came good.” The charity raises money for life-saving medical equipment to help children like Brett.
 
There are currently 350 people awaiting transplants in Australia.
 
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