Chase Manning was only 3 years old when his baby sister Mylee tragically passed away from Sudden and Unexpected Death in Childhood at just 15 months.
Today Chase is an empathetic and kind eleven year old, who dedicates his free time to fundraising for Red Nose in Mylee’s memory.
Chase and Mylee were close, he idolised his little sister, and watching them grow together melted their parent’s hearts. They were inseparable.
“Having a sister that died makes me sad and angry. There was nothing the doctors could do. I want to be the one who tries harder to save other babies.”
Over the years Chase and his family have raised thousands of dollars in Mylee’s honour.
“It’s important to me to fundraise for Red Nose because it helps families like ours, and helps us save the lives of kids and babies.”
Chase’s mum Melanie couldn’t be prouder, believing that Mylee’s loss has helped shape the person he is today. From celebrating her birthday every March 15th with acts of kindness, to participating in an annual remembrance run and running his own fundraising events, Chase has grown into a confident and passionate young man.
“I’ve done a lemonade stand and last year we sold popsicles. I did a talk at my school to teach other kids about SIDS and SUDC and to let people know about Red Nose so hopefully they get lots of money and can do more science to figure out why this happens.
“Our family was really upset when Mylee died. I remember her only a little bit now so doing these things for her helps me remember her and still get to be her big brother.”
Chase and his family are one of the many dedicated families whose generosity and tireless fundraising efforts make the work of Red Nose possible – helping bereaved families every single day of the year and funding research and education to help save little lives.