Whit’s Cup of Courage Hockey Match
On Friday 16 June our 2017 Senior firsts hockey squad contested the ‘Whit’s Cup of Courage’ in a match against former PLC Sydney hockey players. The annual event is in memory of Whitney Lane, a member of the school hockey family who completed Year 12 in 2010.
Whitney was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia when she was 11 years old, and in 2010 developed PNH, a rare disease of the bone marrow. Despite her illness, she collected over 20 000 signatures in a petition requesting the Federal Government include Soliris, the drug required for the treatment of PNH on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. At just 19 years of age, Whitney successfully lobbied the Government and showed Australians suffering from rare and life-threatening illnesses that it is possible to access the same life-saving treatments as those suffering from more common conditions. Complications from a bone marrow transplant in April 2012 saw Whitney very sadly pass away the following month.
Friday’s game saw Whitney’s mum, Robyn, dad, Rex and brother, Durham, attend to present the trophy to the winning ‘old girls’ team and share in refreshments with players and parents from both present and past.