Please help 3 year old Isla get well so she can go to school

For: Isla Donaldson
Ko Tao, ?.????????????, Thailand
Organizer: Eliza Taylor & Claire Wyndham
$12,931
of $150,000 goal.
Raised by 143 donors
8% Complete
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The Story

As some of you may know, I am deeply involved in a project on the Island of Koh Tao, in Thailand. Many of you helped me raise an amazing amount of money for my Not For Profit School, Koh Tao International Primary. There is however, one little girl that is missing from the school and now that she is old enough, we would really love her to join. Unfortunately, she is very sick and hasn’t been able to live on the island for a long time.  


Isla was still 2 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in March 2016. After 8 months of torturous procedures and chemotherapy, baby Isla was in remission Dec 2016, but this only lasted 10 weeks. Her parents, Andrea and Jim had to face it all over again. Isla’s older sister, Lulu, had to be sent to New Zealand to be with family, as it had become impossible to live a normal life. How do you tell a 3 year old that they have to go through all of that again?


I asked Jim what his expenses were like. I thought I would just quote him here, because there is no eloquent way to put it: 


“Our Insurance covers us for Inpatient… Outpatient we have to pay everything… All tests, transfusions & consultations. A blood transfusion is 47,000THB (US$1,342) a transfusion! Sometimes she needs 2 a week for a month. A Consultation is 8,000THB (US$228) once a week & post chemo toxicology test was 50,000THB (US$1,427)… The donor for the stem cell test is 10,000THB (US$285.50) a test, just to find the appropriate donor- we needed 3… The donor op is 10,000Euro (US$10,556) plus costs for inpatient fee… Heaps of vitamin supplements, health food supplements… Other costly factors not considered- Organic only produce fruit & veg, organic cotton clothing & natural cleaning products...We haven’t had an income for a year now & had to pay for Lulus school fees, rent in Samui & Bangkok we've spent 2.5million THB (US$71,408) from our savings & another 1.5m THB (US$42,844) in charitable contributions…”


It is a huge amount of money and the doctors have said that the next 12 months could reach the US$100,000 mark in medical expensesalone. It is getting increasingly difficult for Isla’s parents to focus on their daughter while they have this financial burden hanging over their heads. The confronting truth is though, by donating any sum of money, big or small, you are contributing to treatments that could save Isla’s life.


We have teamed up with Jo Garfein, co-founder and executive director of Cancer Gets LOST. Jo and I strongly believe in channeling fans toward the greater good, and in the power of positivity in fan communities. I have signed (and some of The 100 co-stars) some merchandise to raise money for Isla. 100%of the proceeds will be donated to this fundraiser! You can find the AUCTION LINKS BELOW.


I’m reaching out to you all once more for help. Any small amount of money you can spare could change her life and the life of her family. I want Isla at school where she belongs, please help me make it happen. 


Love EJ


BID FOR AUTOGRAPHED ITEMS HERE: http://www.ebay.com/usr/jopinionated

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 10, 2017

Posted on March 10, 2017

Hello to all you wonderful people!

Wow! A HUGE thank you to all those that have donated so far either through this page or through bidding on the Cancer Gets Lost Auctions. We have received some beautiful support emails from well wishers and those hoping to help in other ways. We are getting all your emails and are trying to get back to you as soon as possible. 

I would like to thank some fans that have donated their own memorabilia to auction. Such an incredibly thoughtful gesture, I know Isla's parents were touched as were Eliza and I!

A big thank you to: Agathe C, Unity Events Canada, B. Dailey, Alex D, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Justine Gillmer, Bae (no last name), and of course Jo Garfein!

We are slowly moving towards our goal with the help of not just those that are donating, but also those that are sharing our link and passing the message on. Isla's parents are enjoying reading your notes of support and emails of love. It really does help to have something positive in your day when you are stuck in a hospital with a sick child for such long periods of time. 

ISLA UPDATE

Initially, doctors said Isla would need 1 month of chemotherapy followed by 1 month of stem cell transplants, and then 6 months of regular check ups for rejection of the new stem cells. One chemotherapy course became two courses and then some additional anti-cancer medications were added because the first chemo didn't get rid of the cancer. Unfortunately, there is still cancer after the second chemo course and medications. The level is at 8%, so although she is not at 0%, the levels are low enough to allow Isla to have her stem cell transplants!

As Isla is sitting at 8% after 2 rounds of chemotherapy, her chances of relapse are much higher. The doctors revealed yesterday that Isla will now need regular checkups and be hospitalised for 1 day, every 2 months for 2 years while she receives  bone marrow biopsies. This means a lot of outpatient costs coming up and of course the utter heartbreak of watching Isla face the biopsy every 2 months. 

I also discovered Andrea (Isla's Mother) is the stem cell donor. What an incredible gift to be able to give your own child. I have so much love for these two amazing parents. 

I will update again soon! 

Claire Wyndham

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