Brave little Sabrina.
Brave little Sabrina. Contributed

A Father's Day wish

AFL star and new father, Nick Maxwell, understands why Sabrina’s dad, Sam, doesn’t want anything for himself this Father’s Day. He just wants his little girl’s cherished wish to come true.

The busy AFL captain and an official friend of Make-A-Wish® Australia learnt of her story and wants to help Make-A-Wish® grant Sabrina’s wish for a cubby house.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children, like Sabrina, living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Nick and Sam want to encourage all Australians to donate to this year’s Father’s Day Appeal and help Make-A-Wish Australia continue to bring hope, strength and joy to courageous children when they need it most.

A self-employed architect, Sam designed a cubby house for Sabrina. After spending so much of her young life in hospital, the cubby house will be a special place for her to play with her little brother, John - a wish that seems so simple yet with her illness has been impossible.

Sam and Sabrina are keen Collingwood fans and are thrilled to have the generous helping hand of Nick Maxwell despite him being in the midst of the football season.

Three-year-old Sabrina was still in nappies when she was rushed to hospital with pneumonia that caused her left lung to suddenly collapse triggering a severe infection, haemolytic-uremic syndrome, which shut down her kidneys.

“When Sabrina took ill it just tore our hearts out and we just didn’t know how we were going to get through life,” says Sam.

Brave little Sabrina endured 15 months on a dialysis machine and 18 months with a nasogastric feeding tube. Her kidneys have now started working but with only a quarter of their normal function Sabrina may still need a life-saving kidney transplant.

Sabrina’s wish is only one of the 299 wishes waiting to be granted around the country this year.

Since 1985, Make-A-Wish Australia has granted the cherished wishes of almost 7,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is the only children’s charity in Australia that focuses solely on wish granting.

Independent research has proven that Make-A-Wish wishes have a significant positive impact on the health and wellbeing of children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families.

Make-A-Wish receives no ongoing government funding and the last 26 years wouldn’t have been possible without the support and generosity of our donors and the dedication of our wonderful volunteers.

This Father’s Day, Nick and Sam want to encourage all Australians to help Make-A-Wish and give Sabrina, and other courageous children like her, a big dose of well-deserved happiness.

Please donate at or call 1800 032 260 today. 

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