Baby Olivia endured intensive chemotherapy to beat leukaemia. But there’s a devastating 50% chance that the cancer will return.
Research will help more children like Olivia survive and beat childhood leukaemia once and for all.
Please make a gift today to help fund more research.
For some types of leukaemia – such as Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) – there is a staggering 50% chance that a person who has been diagnosed will relapse.
And, when the cancer returns, the prognosis does not look good. The child or adult will have just a one in three chance of living more than five years.
I’m talking about kids like two-year old Olivia. She was just four months old when was diagnosed with AML. She had to undergo seven long months of gruelling chemotherapy.
It’s hard to imagine how much she suffered. Her mum, Kim, said: “She struggled. There were times when you’d look into her eyes and it was really a ‘Help me…’ kind of look. I’m haunted by that.”
I’m happy to say, all that intensive treatment paid off. After all her suffering, little Olivia was well enough to go home just before her first birthday.
But the threat of relapse never really goes away. Please, will you make a gift to help crucial research projects that could help families like Olivia’s shake off the fear of relapse once and for all?
Your contribution today could help fund important research projects like the one currently being carried out by Dr Andy Moore, a clinical researcher working at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
By studying what causes kids with AML to relapse – and which treatments will suit them best Dr Moore and his team are trying to give parents like Kim the chance to watch their children grow.
Tailoring treatments to meet kids’ individual needs could one day ensure that kids like Olivia are spared the most intensive cancer treatments like chemotherapy – and given effective therapy specifically designed to help them beat cancer faster.
It will improve the quality of kids’ lives – and let families like Olivia’s share a future together.
To fund work like this, we rely on your support.
Please, make a gift today, and help pay for more life-saving research.
Your contribution will help kids like Olivia to live happier, healthier, longer lives.
Listen to a Children’s Health Foundation update that features Olivia’s story: