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Helping Hollie Fund #doingitforhollie

Cause page created in the Health category by Salome Schlebusch for Johanna Beattie


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Helping Hollie and her family fight this fight that no child or family should ever have to go through. #doingitforhollie

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  Auckland

Beautiful 6-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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Good news at last  14 July 2020

Posted by: Salome Schlebusch

At last I can share some good news. We came out of lockdown and met our orthopaedic surgeon. He booked Hollie in to remove the affected bone and put in a bone graft. As always, she has flown through this like an absolute trooper, 1 more week to go in a moon boot, and in 8 months removal of the metal plate.

Three weeks ago she went through her standard testing cycle and the scan results came back clear for the first time and her bone marrow continues to improve! Such amazing news and relief, just have to keep everything crossed it stays like this at the next scan in September!!

We managed to head off last week to visit family for the school holidays, a perfect time to celebrate. Thank you for all your support, it’s been a very long 2 years!

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Latest donations

Flynn and James
Flynn and James on 23 Jul 2020
$50
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 16 Jul 2020
With my best wishes
$10
Larry
Larry on 16 Jul 2020
$20
Tony
Tony on 15 Jul 2020
Great to hear Hollie's doing so well.
$25
Emma
Emma on 15 Jul 2020
$20

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Salome Schlebusch's avatar
Created by Salome Schlebusch
Johanna Beattie's avatar
Paying to a verified bank account of Johanna Beattie

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