Tragically, cancer remains one of the biggest causes of death to children under the age of 15. This is why we are committed to funding vital research to create a future where every child survives.
We believe that no parent should be told that their child has cancer, and no family deserves to spend Christmas in a hospital. That is why research is still urgently needed.
Your donation this Christmas will enable more life-saving research and support for families like Isabellah’s at every step of their cancer journey – helping them cope with the physical and emotional challenges that cancer brings.
Isabellah was only three years old when she received her life-changing diagnosis in August 2021. Worried about her ongoing symptoms, I’d taken her to a second hospital for another opinion. Little did I know that she wouldn’t leave for another seven weeks. After what felt like forever, we received the devastating news that Isabellah had embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma.
She then went through countless rounds of chemotherapy, proton beam therapy, scans, medication, and blood transfusions, which involved spending a lot of time away from home. Although we managed to spend Christmas Day together in our hotel apartment that year and tried to make the most of it, this precious time was cut short as she had to spend all of Boxing Day in treatment. One of her favourite things about Christmas is eating chocolate for breakfast as a special treat, but we couldn’t even let her do that because she was so poorly.
We were incredibly relieved when Isabellah made it to the end of her gruelling
treatment. Doctors confirmed that her tumour was officially gone in September 2022. But we still have regular scans to make sure it hasn’t come back. Sometimes I worry about the future side-effects, but mainly I’m just grateful that this Christmas will feel a lot more normal. And Isabellah can have chocolate for breakfast just the way she likes it!
I wouldn’t want any child to go through the same experience as my daughter. If you can, please donate to give hope to help more children like my Isabellah this Christmas.
Amy, Isabellah’s mum
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