Help Danielle's Lipoedema Journey

$5,430 donated
Given by 42 generous donors in 9 weeks

Help Danielle on her journey of regaining freedom from Lipoedema disease, and fund her surgeries in Queensland, Australia.


Danielle Thake is a 24-year-old mother who has a beautiful 6-year-old daughter. She has been living with a rare disease known as Lipoedema, that was unrecognised for six years. She has recently been diagnosed with early stage 3 of the disease.

Lipoedema is a chronic progressive inflammatory fat disease, caused when inflamed tissues accumulate under the skin and progress into other areas of the body. Overtime this will attack vital organs. Lipoedema is not to be confused for lymphoedema or obesity, and is a disease that cannot be exercised or dieted away.

Danielle has restricted mobility, and suffers the physical and psychological burden of this disease on a day-to-day basis, with constant pain,swollen, heavy, and achy legs. Danielle has tried multiple public and private approaches in the New Zealand health care system, yet has been declined any help.

Fortunately, Danielle is now a patient of 'Lipoedema surgical solutions' in Queensland, Australia who specialises in this disease. In mid April, Danielle and our Mum Wendy will be traveling to her appointments, to advance to her next stages of her extraction surgeries.

Kaitlyn Thake's involvement (page creator)

I am Danielle's youngest sister, and hoping to raise awareness of this disease. Our family will appreciate any amount of donation to support my sister.

Use of funds

Any kind donations will go towards the cost of multiple surgeries, treatment in MLD massage therapy, garments, travel and accommodation. Surgeries are done in stages and require multiple trips from New Zealand to Australia over the next few years.

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Thank you everyone  7 April 2024

Posted by: Danielle Thake

I’d like to thank everyone who has donated so far it has meant so much to me I appreciate you all ❤️

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Latest donations

Megan on 16 May 2024
I pray for you & your family. What a challenge you face. Much love. X
Wally on 14 May 2024
Hope this helps
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Guest Donor on 14 May 2024
Helen Tremlett
Helen Tremlett on 09 May 2024
Thinking of you and your family ❤️
Donna on 08 May 2024
Hope this helps

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This campaign started on 24 Mar 2024 and ends on 24 Mar 2025.