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The Health Evolution Collective Podcast

Jul 2, 2019

Life never happens the way we wish it too. But being dealt with the tragedy that is the loss of your child, just isn't part of the natural order of the universe.

"There is no tragedy in life like the death of a child."

But for my guest today Catherine Hughes, it was a reality she has lived in for the last 5 years.

The day after Riley died from whooping cough, she and her husband where thrust into the spotlight, and so began a new chapter in their lives with the start of the Light for Riley campaign. This followed shortly after by the creation of The Immunisation Foundation of Australia.

Today Catherine shares with us all:

  • how her life has in no way worked out like she had planned
  • Riley's story
  • the beginnings of Light for Riley
  • the work they do, the impacts they've had, which includes women being immunised at 20 weeks pregnant with the whooping cough vaccine
  • how we all can help
  • how her family became a target for the anti vax lobby - the ugly side of what human beings are capable of
  • how she rose above all of that and didn't let them stop them getting their message out..."We had just lost a child. So being abused online... it just doesn't compare to the pain of losing a child."
  • the arguments around vaccinations
  • advice on coping after a loss, and includes some practical things she did and resources she used that helped her and her family.


Thank you Catherine for being so brave and sharing Riley's story. He will live on in the hearts of so many.


To connect with Catherine, or to donate to their foundation:


Facebook: Immunisation Foundation of Australia & Light for Riley

Instagram: light_for_riley



To connect with me (Tracey), Women's Health Coach


Instagram: @tracey_mcbeath_healthcoach and @lowcarb_lifestyle_coach

Facebook: Tracey McBeath Health Coach


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