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Ella's journey to beat leukaemia

Cause page created in the Health category by Brooke Woollett for Michelle Paul & Darren Robertson

$20,073 donated
Given by 295 generous donors in around 4 months

We are here to offer support to the family of beautiful wee Ella as she bravely beats Leukaemia.

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After several sleepless days of uncertainty and worry, Michelle and Darren learnt (on 8th July 2020) that their beautiful daughter Ella had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Within 24 hours of being assessed at the Lower Hutt hospital they were in a life flight plane to Christchurch Hospital.

Ella is currently in the Child Haematology and Oncology department for further testing and treatments as diagnostics and an appropriate treatment plan are completed. The family also have accommodation at nearby Ronald McDonald house which is where Ella will transition to when she is able to become an outpatient for her ongoing care. RMH are providing wonderful care and all the necessities for living whilst they concentrate on Ella. They anticipate being based there for up to 6 weeks. (And are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Olivia, Hayley & Michelle’s Mum Linda)

Michelle and Darren have a wonderful support network; a loving family and so many beautiful, caring friends. We acknowledge your wishes (from other channels) to have a platform to contribute; hence this page.

Your donation is gratefully accepted by an admirable family who have been dealt a rough journey, yet remain incredibly positive.

We know that your donation (no matter how great or small) is delivered with positive vibes, thoughts and love! Thank you! x

Brooke Woollett's involvement (page creator)

I set up this page on behalf of Michelle and Darren for their beautiful support network that are eager to help. Michelle has been my dearest friend for close to 30 years. Brooke. x

Use of funds

The purpose of this financial support is to help cover the basic day to day expenses whilst their income stream is non-existent. It may also offer the family assistance with flights & accommodation to commute.

Latest update

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Transition to Ronald McDonald House  18 July 2020

Posted by: Brooke Woollett


Hi everyone

Thanks again for your generous donations. Here is just a wee update on Ella.

Ella’s treatment plan has been going well. She has been filled with a lot of medication & fluids and been through several rounds of chemo, including a lumbar puncture where the chemo is injected into her spinal fluid. She is such a little trooper!

They are very happy to have now been transferred to Ronald McDonald House where they can all be together. They also excitedly await the arrival of Olivia on Wednesday. Michelle said it was so lovely for Ella to get some fresh air (on their walk over) after being cooped up for 10 days.

Ella will continue her treatment as a day patient at the hospital for the next 6 weeks. This means that Michelle and Darren will be responsible for her daily medications and monitoring her temperature.

Ella is enjoying the play space at RMH and making new friends. All going to plan this is were they will be based for the next 6 weeks.

Again, we are so appreciative of your support. It means that their income stream can be put to the back of their minds for now and keep them together as a family. Please feel free to share this page with your wider network.

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Paul on 15 Oct 2020
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Louise on 26 Sep 2020
Thinking of you all. This is an amazing idea. Love to you all xxxx
Lynne on 25 Sep 2020
Brilliant thinking. Sending lots of love to you cuz and your gorgeous family. We are all rooting for you. Xx
Rosie on 25 Sep 2020
Thoughts are with you all xxx

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