Eagle Vale girl's dream day testing Christmas toys

Best time: Sophey Lill had a fantastic time testing toys for Amazon in a special event with cancer survivor Johnny Ruffo thanks to the Starlight Children's Foundation.
Best time: Sophey Lill had a fantastic time testing toys for Amazon in a special event with cancer survivor Johnny Ruffo thanks to the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Spending the day playing with the year's most sought-after toys would be any kid's dream.

That dream recently became a reality for Eagle Vale's Sophey Lill.

Sophey suffers from a variety of serious health conditions, including the rare Russell-Silver Syndrome, a genetic growth disorder.

The disorder has had a massive affect on the bubbly six-year-old's life, requiring her to be tube-fed and always at risk of going into a hypoglycemic attack.

Sophey has spent much of her childhood in and out of hospital (both at Campbelltown and the Children's Hospital at Randwick) as well as a host of other establishments across Macarthur.

It was during these medical visits that her family became familiar with the Starlight Foundation. With the help of the charity, Sophey was able to take part in a special toy-testing day at the Randwick hospital for the Amazon Playmakers event.

She got to hang out with Starlight ambassador - and former Home and Away star - Johnny Ruffo and play with a number of toys which will be featured in Amazon's top 100 toy list ahead of the holiday season. Sophey said she had an amazing time being a Playmaker.

"I had so much fun," she said. "I got to play with an Olaf toy and a panda toy - and I got to take them home with me! I made headbands with Johnny Ruffo and he wore one home."

Sophey's mum Nicole Lill said the day was very memorable and was such a boost for her daughter.

"The smiles on all the kids' faces said it all," she said.

"Sophey really loved playing with Johnny Ruffo - he spent a lot of time making headbands with her.

"She really took a shine to this FurReal panda teddy, which was actually very helpful when she had an attack at school the other day.

"When Sophey got home she hugged her panda tightly and got a lot of comfort from him."

Every toy purchased from Amazon's top 100 toy catalogue during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will see $5 donated to the Starlight Children's Foundation. Amazon has also donated $40,000 worth of toys to Starlight Express Rooms.