Frankie to the Rescue

$25,135 donated
Given by 173 generous donors in 2 years

Supporting NZ families who have a child receiving palliative care

Riverhead, Auckland

Frankie to the Rescue was created in December 2021 in memory of our beautiful Frankie who passed away in April 2021. We support families who have a child receiving palliative care via the team at Starship in Auckland and also Nurse Maude in Christchurch. We provide things like parking coupons for hospital, meal delivery vouchers and also gifts for parents and children. We also support the Oncology and Neurology wards at Starship by way of our 'present boxes.' The nurses love being able to make up their own little gift bag for a child who needs it.

Our lives changed forever in December of 2020 when our beautiful son, Frankie (3), was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer in the brain stem. We quickly learnt that both chemo and surgery were not options for Frankie due to the location and type of tumour. After the initial 12 day stay at Starship, we brought him home for Christmas. He then had 33 days of radiation treatment, where he was so brave throughout and a wee trooper as we drove in and out of Auckland Hospital daily. He stole the hearts of the amazing team working in radiation with his humour and beautiful belly laugh. He never had another night in hospital and it was this unique part of Frankie's journey that prompted us to work closely with the palliative care team for children in similar situations who have no more treatment options, but want to make the most of the short time left with family and friends in their home environment.

Frankie was cheeky, loud, and the kindest, sweetest boy who had a love for fire trucks, tractors and his big sister Scarlett. He loved watching Fireman Sam and Paw Patrol and it was this love for anything ‘rescue themed’ that inspired the name Frankie to the Rescue. Fire and Emergency NZ have supported us from the beginning and continue to send us resources such as the fold up firetrucks, activity sheets and other goodies that we can distribute.

We hope that through this work we're able to help bring some joy to children facing really tough times and at the same time keep Frankie's memory alive in such a special way.

Thanks for joining #frankiesrescuecrew

Love Warrick, Michelle, Scarlett, Frankie, and the Wood and Kiesanowski families xx

Use of funds

The use of funds will be to purchase gifts for children in hospital (activity packs, teepee tents etc).

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Another year!   31 January 2024

Hi everyone

Just a quick note to let you know that we will be extending the page. Over the past year we have helped out so many families and have some big plans for 2024 to reach more families and extend the support we are offering. What we are doing is really appreciated by the families and the staff working with them.

Thanks again to you all for your ongoing support of Frankie to the Rescue x

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David on 02 Feb 2024
Thanks for Your amazing work I know and appreciate how Whanau/Family appreciate the resources that you provide. Thanks to Sandra and Lew Grant for keeping me up-to-date Dr Dave..Houlihan
Natalie on 31 Jan 2024
Happy 6th Birthday Frankie. I miss you so so much 💙🤍🩵
Ryan & Marcella
Ryan & Marcella on 31 Jan 2024
Happy birthday Frankie 💙
Ryan & Marcella
Ryan & Marcella on 24 Dec 2023
Merry Christmas Frankie xxxx
Heather and Phil
Heather and Phil on 24 Dec 2023
Sending much love to dear little Frankie who we miss every day ❤️ ♥️

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