Darrin Worsfold gives us a first-hand account of his, and wife Roseanne’s journey as Starship parents, and how it has inspired their ongoing quest to give back to the national children’s hospital. To date the Worsfold family has raised more than $20,000 for the Starship Foundation.
“Our long term association with Starship began 24 February in 1998, on day two of our eldest child Johnathan’s life when he was diagnosed with a bowel disease and transferred to Starship. The following four months were spent in hospital, as he underwent multiple operations and medical procedures.
This was our introduction to parenting!
Those early days were hard. We lost contact with a lot of our friends and as a married couple we hardly saw each other as one or the other was with Johnathan. The staff at Starship were always amazing. The surgeons were always visiting and checking on us and other patients, even on their days off. The nurses became friends, particularly for my wife. When we were discharged many visited us at home and looked after Johnathan so we could have a date.
Even in the years that followed we had regular long periods where we stayed in Starship. Everyone, in every department always remembered Johnathan.
Our Lego collection started with one small model – a therapeutic activity to help pass the long hours in hospital. That was followed by a large competition prize of Star Wars products, and so the family collection began. Countless hospital visits and recuperation periods have been spent Lego making. It is a great stress relief for our family - especially father and son.
As parents we are so grateful for the Starship surgical teams’ innovative, life-saving surgery and their continued research into our child’s specific condition. We also acknowledge the work of the nurses and related support staff, who work together as a team to improve the quality of Johnathan’s life.
In 2005 I wanted to say thank you to Starship. The latest Star Wars movie was due out in a few weeks and I thought it would be a great idea to show some of my collection as a fundraiser. My initial thought was to show it for a few days at the end of the year and try and time it for the video release. While I was making inquiries to do this I was approached by a local art gallery who had had a show cancel. They liked my idea, had a venue, and were ready to supply security and cover all the expenses of a display. There was one catch - I had to display it in five weeks.