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Isla’s story

Childhood cancer turns a family's world upside down overnight. Hear it first hand through Isla and her family’s incredible story below.

Isla was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was three years old in late 2020. Straight away, she and her mum Keren had to travel to Auckland for life-saving treatment, leaving her dad Geoff and older brothers behind in Pirongia, Waikato. 

Child Cancer Foundation has been there for them every step of the way, providing one-to-one support wherever they needed it. They have been supported by two dedicated Family Support Coordinators, Michelle in Auckland and Raewyn in Waikato, who have stood alongside the family both during Isla’s intensive treatment and since returning home. 

Their story will give you a moving look into just some of the ways that childhood cancer impacts the lives of whānau in New Zealand and how Child Cancer Foundation’s support can make a difference. 

You can help more Kiwi families like Isla’s by making an affordable, automatic donation on a regular basis.

Click the link here to become a regular giver today. 

Watch Isla’s story here ❤