Eight weeks after our son Hunter was born, doctors told us he would not live to see his first birthday.
The doctors could never clearly diagnose the cause of Hunter’s illness. He spent the final three years of his life with the Palliative Care team from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
As unexpected and challenging as this news was, Hunter’s resilience defied the odds: our boy lived and loved life until he was nearly 12-years-old thanks, in large part, to our amazing paediatric palliative care provider.
Like many parents of children living with life-limiting conditions, the time finally came for us to say goodbye. It broke our hearts, and though we miss him every day, we’re using our experience to help families in similar situations live for the moment and love for a lifetime.
Three years after Hunter passed away, HAS Foundation was born.
Named after our beautiful boy Hunter Alfred Stratton, the HAS Foundation helps children with life-limiting illnesses and their families live for the moment and love for a lifetime.
We help them create moments of fun and laughter—moments that turn into beautiful, lifelong memories of a love that will never fade. Whether it’s paying for a photographer to take precious family photos, buying the paediatric palliative care team quality linen so they can make sick kids more comfortable, or preparing care packs for families admitted to palliative care; everything we do is designed to make their life somewhat easier, at the hardest of times.
The happiness we create inspires us to try harder every day. We treat children and their families with respect and dignity—unconditionally—because every sick child deserves a chance to laugh and feel loved.
And when the unthinkable happens and hearts are forever broken, we’ll be there to help families find their way in a new world without their precious child.
And finally, we never give in, something we learned watching Hunter face each day with the courage and bravery of Superman. Our organisation will never stop fighting for the children and families that we support—we’ll give them our all, every day, for as long as they need us.
For families living with children in palliative care, time is precious. Nobody understands quite like those going through the same experience. That’s why we’re building an online community where different families can connect and share love and support. We can not cure, change or take away the path before them, but we can show care and support, make their journey more gentle, and provide experiences or programs to create memories for a lifetime.
This is the mission of the HAS Foundation. To create a world where paediatric palliative care is well funded and supported, and every family with a life-limiting illness gets the chance to live for the moment and love for a lifetime.
The HAS Foundation philosophy is to act in the same way as Hunter lived his life:
Humble beginning’s and wisdom.
Every child deserves unconditional love, care, support and growth.
HAS foundation will never give in supporting families in need.
We stand together with families giving understanding and support.
Every family and child in need has the right to eternal love to give them hope and strength.
We will show and treat every child, parent, sibling and carer with respect.
Hunter’s mum and the co-founder and director of the HAS Foundation.
Hunter’s dad, co-founder of the HAS Foundation and company director.
Film director, best-selling author and keynote speaker
It certainly was a busy second part of the year for HAS Foundation.
In August our co-founder and Director, Ella Stratton, was named as a finalist in the Westfield Local Heroes for Westfield Westlakes.
We are proud to present you with our latest Impact Report from the HAS Foundation.
at our Mother’s Day Luncheons, helping families access support and experiences.
each year for Paediatric
Palliative care families
when first referred,
plus courier to regional families.
to help the Woman’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation create bespoke memory making moments for palliative care families staying at the Laklinyeri beach house.
Helped the paediatric palliative care nurses buy the little things that make a family’s time in care more comfortable like quality linen and calming aromatherapy diffusers.
to families to create positive lifelong memories for those families.
accessible community walk giving people an opportunity to reflect while raising awareness and funds for paediatric palliative care.
in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital
We launched HAS as a way to honour Hunter, keep his memory alive for generations and to spread his energy of love and kindness.