Ada Lion Heart

$24,617 donated
Given by 121 generous donors in over a year

Funds will go towards child care; travel to hospital, life bills, and any additional support needed while they fight this incredible battle.


Just after Adaline's first birthday, she was taken to A&E for an ear infection; 24 hours (and 4 hospitals) later, she was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive Stage 4, High-Risk Neuroblastoma.

To deliver chemotherapy, Ada needed a permanent IV line put in. This is a routine and simple procedure, but Ada suffered a rare complication and needed emergency open-heart surgery. Ada had an extremely close brush with death, but like a wild lion, she has a hunger for life that cannot be defeated, giving her the name Ada Lion Heart. Her fighting spirit inspires us all as she started very intense chemotherapies less than two weeks after emergency surgery. This little baby smiles through things that would have adults flat on the floor.

Ada's treatment will take a minimum of 2 years and includes chemotherapy, surgery, bone marrow transplants and radiation and it is already taking a heavy toll on Mum, Dad and her 2.5-year old sister. The global COVID pandemic has made an all-consuming childhood cancer battle even harder, slashing access to physical support from family members and friends. Ada will spend more time in the hospital than at home over the next two years, and the young family have dealt with a new way of life with grace, strength and positivity, but they desperately need help with things like paying their mortgage on one income and a pay cut, buying food and adapting to special dietary requirements and care for Ada’s older sister, as well as all the other costs of life we all have to face.

The aim of this page is to make this brave family's heavy load a little lighter through ongoing financial support on their journey.

Daniela de Bruyn's involvement (page creator)

I am raising funds for my cousin (Ada’s mother) and her family on their cancer journey. Their little baby Ada is battling Neuroblastoma and these funds will support them through this difficult journey.

Use of funds

Funds will go towards child care for Ada's 2-year old sister Disa; countless travel trips to and from the hospital, general life bills and any additional support needed for Ada's family while they fight this boss of a battle.

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Latest update

Service Details  30 April 2021

Hi everyone,

Also just sharing the service here. The live-stream link will be shared separately later.

Service for Adaline Wetherell

Monday 3 May, 11 am

St Matthew-in-the-city

Cnr Hobson & Wellesley Streets

There will be a Livestream link that will be shared separately. The live-stream recording of the service can be viewed in real-time or during the few days after the service.

Getting to St Matthew-in-the-city:

Parking is available at Wilson's car park beside the church (tends to be full of construction vehicles). Or at Sky City (there is a pedestrian exit by Sky City theatre where you come out opposite the church).

There is a lot of construction in the city so allow for extra travelling time to the Church.

Dress Code:

Funeral wear with a touch of pink or a dash of purple or a sparkle.


A special request that each family group or 4 people bring a plate of finger foods to share. Bring food that doesn’t need heating, cooling or special equipment or skill to serve. Also, label for allergies (gluten, soy, dairy, legumes) and mark vegan or vegetarian where suitable.

Small children are welcome and encouraged to come but must be supervised. There will be a special play mat for them and they are welcome to bring a toy (no battery-operated or singing toys please).

Anyone who wants to speak or do a reading to please contact:

Rev Helen Jacobi:


Pip Callinan:

This is a ceremony in honour of Ada’s life. While we respect and honour our loss and sadness we are also coming together to celebrate Ada’s life and spirit.

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Latest donations

Jimbo on 22 Apr 2021
Kia Kaha
Shailey on 09 Apr 2021
Wendy on 28 Mar 2021
Thinking and praying for you and your family Ada.
Marlee on 18 Mar 2021
I came across this page through a friend. Sending love from our family to Adaline and your family.
David on 23 Feb 2021

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