Hope for Hollie
Helping Hollie and her family fight this fight that no child or family should ever have to go through. #hopeforhollieAuckland
Beautiful 7-year-old Hollie Beattie is currently in the middle of the fight of her life.
In July 2018 Hollie was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer called Neuroblastoma.
Since then, Hollie and her family, Dad John, Mum Jo and Big Brother William have been on the most harrowing roller coaster of a journey.
After an initial round of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the main tumor, it was devastating for them to hear that the repeat tests showed the treatment had failed to make an impact on the disease in her bone marrow. It was a heart-breaking outcome.
As a result, Hollie was unable to begin the first stem cell transplant that had been scheduled for January 2019, and after an agonizing week waiting for approval from the USA for an immunotherapy drug, she began a new set of combined chemo and immunotherapy cycles on the 19th December, and made it home just in time for Christmas after the first round.
Following these rounds of treatment, Hollie has also now completed two stem cell transplants which included two sets of four week stays in Starship hospital, with Hollie in isolation each time.
Most recently, Hollie has completed additional weeks of radiation treatment, and is now in the middle of her second round of immunotherapy treatment, which will take her through to January 2020.
Hollie is incredible, her resilience is awe inspiring and her courage is unfathomable. She is always the first to offer out cuddles of love and smiles of happiness, regardless of what she has been going through, and she has been through a lot.
John, Jo and William are stoic and have created a positive and loving outlook around what is a truly grueling time for them all.
The family is strong, but the future is still somewhat uncertain for them, and that is where we come in.
A donation of any size, be it small or large, will enable John and Jo to spend every minute possible making the most out of life for both Hollie and William, and this is all that they want to do.
Thank you for taking the time to read their story.
Salome Schlebusch's involvement (page creator)
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As a striving young Auckland family, Jo and John are both working full time but we know that over this extremely difficult time there will be additional and unexpected expenses. This Givealittle page will help them to keep on keeping on.
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Simply a massive thank you to everyone who has donated to Hollie over the past few weeks and beyond.
The response has been beyond our wildest expectations, and to be able to hit the initial target of $400,000 to cover Hollie treatment costs within 3 weeks was an incredible feat, and a testament to the wonderful people in New Zealand and around the world.
It has also provided great relief to the Beatties to know that they can now fully commit to the trial in Spain and focus on the logistics of getting there and existing in Spain for several months next year.
We have had so many people getting in touch to ask if there is anything else the family need, and if they are still able to donate to the Hope for Hollie cause and continue fund raising, and for that we are truly grateful.
The simple answer to this is yes, the family will still have large outgoings above and beyond the treatment costs including travel, accommodation, living expenses in Spain and beyond, so to anyone who is still looking to help fundraise or make a donation, this will all still make a huge difference to their journey as they now move on to the next steps.
There is still a long road ahead.
With this in mind, we have removed the recently hit target from our page, and will now leave it as a blank canvas for people to give and fundraise for Hollie and her incredible family as they see fit.
Our thanks again go out to you all from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible generosity and love you have shown for Hollie, William, Jo and John.
We will keep you updated on Hollies journey on our facebook and Instagram page, so please follow for updates on how she is getting on over the coming months.
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This page was created on 10 Aug 2018 and closes on 22 Apr 2021.