Living Life , full of life, making every day a great day

Live Life Foundation is the inspiration of Mr. Perry Sambor, a well-respected and successful businessman who has a longstanding association with Victoria’s horseracing industry. Perry’s passion for philanthropy and community led him to establish in 2013 the Live Life Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, to assist families facing the challenges that are associated with disabilities. Since 2014 LLF’s mission has been to provide funding to the Children’s Neuroscience Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (RCH), in support of projects that assist children diagnosed with disorders of the brain, nerves and muscles. The RCH Children’s Neuroscience Centre provides high quality outpatient and inpatient services for the diagnosis and management of neurological disorders. Recipients of LLF fundraising in past years have included the RCH Stroke Program and the RCH Neuromuscular Clinic.

Our Mission

Through our active partnering with the medical community we will adopt best practice in the intervention, treatment and support available to all children within the community. This will result in a reduction of incidence, decreased mortality, significantly improved quality of life and best outcomes for those affected by chronic, complicated or terminal illnesses.

Our government supports many attributes of our hospital systems though it cannot support all facets of the hospital community, this is where Live Life Foundation is able to step in an support the Neo Science Department at the Royal Childrens Hospital which at times is in desperate needs for support.

RCH Complex Movement Disorders Program

Live Life Foundation Golf Day

Funds raised will support the establishment of a Neurology Clinical Research Fellowship for senior paediatric neurology trainees at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). This will allow them to continue their general or subspecialty neurology training and undertake clinical research to improve care for children affected by neurological conditions. This Fellowship will be established within RCH Neurology.

For many years the RCH Neurology department has delivered excellent clinical research outcomes in key areas including epilepsy, neurogenetics, neuromuscular disorders and stroke. A structured program has been established providing short term support to Fellows undertaking specific research projects, ideally as part of a research higher degree. The Neurology Clinical Research Fellowship will typically be filled by one of the three clinical Fellows (neurology, epilepsy, neuromuscular) already in the final years of their clinical training within RCH Neurology.

The research undertaken will be clinically-focussed and completed during the Fellowship. The specific project undertaken by the Fellow will depend on the subspecialty field in which they are training. We hope that all recipients of this Fellowship will ultimately join RCH Neurology as consultants, bringing their research experience back into the department as an area of further clinical excellence.

“We‘re very grateful to the Live Life Foundation for its support of the Neurology Clinical Research Fellowship. With this very generous funding, we can guarantee that the next generation of paediatric neurologists at the RCH will have every opportunity to gain world class research experience and clinical exposure while completing their training within the hospital, “ said Professor Monique Ryan, Director, RCH Neurology.

Our Guest Speaker for this year’s event is RCH Neurologist, Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg. For over 35 years, Andrew has delivered great care to the thousands of patients and families who visit the RCH Children’s Neuroscience Centre every year. Taking his dedication to children’s health to new levels, Andrew was recently appointed as Director of RCH Global. Andrew will speak about the recent advances within his field with a focus on the importance of succession training for the next generation of neurologists and how the establishment of the Neurology Clinical Research Fellowship will impact this outcome.

Live Life Foundation is proud to support RCH Neurology and its incredible staff, patients and families. Please join with us as we positively impact the future of children’s health and give these very special patients a chance to “live their lives” to the fullest – thank you.

Perry Sambor (right) with Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg

Mr Perry Sambor – Founding Director

With a passion for philanthropy and community, businessman Perry Sambor established the Live Life Foundation in 2013 to support the care of children with disabilities.

In 2014, Perry was introduced to Associate Professor Andrew Kornberg, a leading clinician in the RCH Neurology Department. The meeting was the beginning of a great friendship and incredible ongoing support by the Live Life Foundation. Since that time, the Live Life Foundation has raised funds exclusively for Neurology in support of projects that assist children diagnosed with disorders of the brain, nerves and muscles.

“Through the Live Life Foundation, we aim to positively impact the future of children’s health and give these special patients a chance to live their lives to the fullest. We are proud to support the RCH Neurology Department and its incredible Staff,” said Perry.

The Live Life Foundation holds a golf day to raise funds, with Perry using his extensive business networks to advocate for the cause. To date, the Live Life Foundation has contributed towards several projects including sponsoring a bed on Cockatoo, which benefits children requiring ongoing surgical or neurological care, as well as providing funding for the Stroke, Epilepsy and Complex Movement Disorders Programs and the Neuromuscular Clinic which streamlines appointments and care across multiple departments. Significantly, they have also provided funds for Neurology Clinical Research Fellowship position.

Through the Live Life Foundation, Perry and his supporters continue to enhance the expertise of Neurology and make an impact on the lives of children with neurological movement disorders.