The Snowdome Foundation is dedicated to all who’ve suffered blood cancers, those who’ve survived, those living with and those who have lost the cruellest of battles.
Chloe Rutherford was one of those who didn’t make it. Diagnosed with leukaemia in 2007, Chloe seemingly beat the disease only to relapse and die of complications arising from pneumonia in 2009. She is survived by her loving Mother, beautiful sister and her adoring Dad, who is a big part of Snowdome.
The Foundation’s unusual name emerged from a case of mistaken identity rather than a flash of inspiration, but it’s entirely fitting.
On the first of many visits to the Royal Children’s Hospital, Chloe thought she saw a gift shop, with snowdomes from all over the world adorning its glass walls.
In fact, it was the nurses’ station in the middle of the surgery, but to Chloe it was beautiful and magical, and like all things beautiful, she just had to have a snowdome of her own. Of course, she got what she wished. And as she bravely battled her cancer, more and more snowdomes appeared; gifts from family, from friends both old and new and from the nurses who cared for her.
Soon, her collection grew to over 50 and every one has a story. Mostly bought from overseas, one was even blessed by a Chinese monk, in China, of course. One came from Paris where Chloe’s best friend was at the time. It sat alongside her and her Mother in the Church of Notre Dame as they lit a candle and said a prayer.
Her classmates at Grimwade Melbourne Grammar entered a State art competition and decided they would dedicate it to Chloe. Their theme was ‘snowdomes’ and the effect was spectacular. They even came second in the competition.
So when Professor Miles Prince, a close family friend suggested the foundation and the name Snowdome, who could argue? After all, he is one of the leading lights in his field of medicine as Chloe is a beacon of love, strength and hope for all those who’ve battled blood cancers.