Our Support Line is open Monday-Friday from 9am-7pm (AEST). Call us on 1800 REDKITE or Contact us
Your browser is not supported by this website, please consider browsing the site in a modern browser.
Isabella in sunglasses, with a bandana on her head smiling for the camera.

News & media

Isabella shaves her head in support of Redkite

While receiving treatment at Westmead Children’s Hospital, eight-year-old Isabella shaves her head to thank those who have supported her throughout her cancer experience.

Isabella is a lively and sporty 8-year-old girl. Playing soccer, Oztag, Touch football, athletics & her biggest passion is horse riding, competing often with her horse. But it was in April this year that Isabella began to complain about pain in her leg. After visits to 2 doctors with no answers and Isabella experiencing the pain spreading, Natalie just knew that something wasn’t right.

“My mother’s instinct just kicked in,” Natalie said.

They took Isabella to Westmead Children’s Hospital and after six days undergoing numerous tests that they found fluid in Isabella’s hip. Further testing found that Isabella had Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), a rare and aggressive form of cancer, was present in her leg, hip, and the bottom of her spine. Isabella immediately began treatment.

COVID has been a hard year for many, but more so for a family facing childhood cancer. Isabella has been back and forth from hospital for 5 months checking temperature spikes and other smaller health issues all with the threat of COVID adding additional pressure to an already challenging experience.

But far from losing her spirit, Isabella wanted to do something special.

After receiving numerous treatments including a blood transfusion, Isabella approached her mum and asked for help to raise money for the charities who have supported her throughout her treatment. Natalie was astounded and incredibly proud.

Surrounded by her family and friends, a hairdresser, and a barber, Isabella shaved her head and was able to raise and donate an amazing $20,000.00 to 4 charities, with Redkite receiving $5000 from her event.

Since the event Isabella has been able to go back to school and is again, following her adventurous passions by taking up horse riding again.

Want to fundraise for Redkite?

Head to fundraise.redkite.org.au now and register your event today!

Have questions?

Contact our community fundraising team on 1800 733 5485 or at community@redkite.org.au

Subscribe to stay up to date with redkite news

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    News
    23rd Nov

    23 Nov '20
    Storytelling with a difference

    How do you talk to a child about cancer and what’s happening to them? How do you help them express their feelings? Nothing about cancer is easy.

    Storytelling with a difference

    How do you talk to a child about cancer and what’s happening to them? How do you help them express their feelings? Nothing about cancer is easy.

    Mother and daughter hug on a hospital bed, with a banner of the Kleenex and Redkite logos beneath them

    News
    12th May

    12 May '21
    Kleenex® partnership helps families facing childhood cancer

    While stocks last, every box of Kleenex® Everyday Jumbo Tissues sold at Coles will help a family facing childhood cancer.

    Kleenex® partnership helps families facing childhood cancer

    While stocks last, every box of Kleenex® Everyday Jumbo Tissues sold at Coles will help a family facing childhood cancer.

    The big LED screen at Metricon Stadium promotes Red Day with the words, "Show children with cancer we're on their team"

    News
    10th Aug

    10 Aug '21
    Record amount raised at 2021 Swans Red Day

    The annual Sydney Swans Red Day raised a record amount for families in 2021.

    Record amount raised at 2021 Swans Red Day

    The annual Sydney Swans Red Day raised a record amount for families in 2021.

    Board member Georgie Gardner

    News
    14th Jul

    14 Jul '21
    Georgie Gardner joins Redkite Board

    Redkite is delighted to welcome respected television journalist Georgie Gardner to its Board.

    Georgie Gardner joins Redkite Board

    Redkite is delighted to welcome respected television journalist Georgie Gardner to its Board.