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Eva Slays the Leukemia Dragon

Cause page created in the Kiwi Kids category by Rachel Rolton for Sharlene and Robin Sallabanks

$21,610 donated
Given by 127 generous donors in 13 weeks

Eva had leukemia. Eva has leukemia. One word changes this sentence. One test changes your life. One phone call shatters everything.

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Eva had leukemia.

Eva has leukemia.

And we are devastated.

Eva (now aged 6) was 5 years old when diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on Thursday 7th November 2019.

She had 3 rounds of chemotherapy at Christchurch Hospital with the leukemia proving to be very stubborn, never getting into remission. Despite this, her bone marrow transplant (BMT/SCT) was approved and on the 19th of March 2020 Eva received the transplant at Starship hospital in Auckland. New Zealand was in a lockdown due to COVID19 so Robin, and little brother William relocated to Auckland so the family could be together. 8 weeks later they flew back home to Springston in Christchurch.

It was a tough road, but the bone marrow transplant was working, and on 20th July 2020 friends and family gathered at the CHOC ward in Christchurch Hospital to watch Eva ring the end of treatment bell! It was a wonderful sight with many tears shed.

The past 9 months, it's been a joy to watch Eva grow and be a kid again. Returning to school, regrowinghair, sleepovers with friends, camping, swimming in the school pool, laughing - just being a Kiwi kid.

Last week, their lives turned upside down again, when a routine blood test detected leukemia once again. We are beyond devastated for the Sallabanks family.

She will return to Christchurch Hospital to restart chemotherapy, and hopefully have a second bone marrow transplant approved at Starship Hospital. The first time was hard and this time will be harder.

William is due to start school at the end of May, and Robin will need to go to reduced hours at work. Not having to worry about the financial side of life was a huge relief for the family during Eva's treatment the first time around.

Let's rally behind Eva and give her family the financial support they need while they fight this leukemia.

We are here to be their village through this battle, for as long as it takes.

The money will be used to assist the family with extra costs they will have over the next few months. For example, petrol costs, household costs, child care for little brother William, loss of income, and all additional costs that will come with Eva receiving treatment in hospital, full-time with a parent.

You can follow their ups and downs:

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Rachel Rolton's involvement (page creator)

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Use of funds

Funds will go to support Eva and her family towards any costs associated with treatment.

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Latest update

Just keep swimming   4 August 2021

Posted by: Sharlene and Robin Sallabanks

It has been 40 days since the beginning of this round of chemotherapy. Eva has not been outdoors in all of this time.

Whilst trying to keep Eva happy in a boring situation, she developed appendicitis. She had surgery a week ago, with no infection-fighting white blood cells to protect her, and is recovering well.

We still wait for her bone marrow to recover and the all important news of if the chemo worked to get a 2nd bone marrow transplant. It's an anxious time. THANK YOU for every kind word and dollar. You are awesome!

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Latest donations

Michael & Louise
Michael & Louise 11 hours ago
thinking of you all, sending love and strength.
Roger & Rachel
Roger & Rachel 6 days ago
Team on 28 Jul 2021
to your family from the team
Angela on 28 Jul 2021
Such a brave girl!!
Wendy on 27 Jul 2021
Allie Peranos Nana (Wendy) hopes you have another good outcome from this next round of treatment. Sorry you have to go through it all again.

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