Isla’s Appeal

£222,347 donated of £155,000 goal

We are delighted that Isla’s fundraising campaign with Solving Kids’ Cancer has raised more than the £155,000 target.

This means that the funding is now in place for Isla to travel to the USA for a clinical trial and to cover the associated costs of treatment for its duration.

Isla has been fighting high-risk neuroblastoma since her first birthday, receiving extensive treatment in the UK. As her end of treatment scans showed no evidence of the disease, we are now just waiting for a date for her to start the trial at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

The prospect of cancer coming back is extremely high for children like Isla, and if it does, there’s a less than 1 in 10 chance of survival. So, Isla’s parents have chosen for her to have a treatment called the bivalent vaccine, a clinical trial that we all hope will help prevent her cancer from returning.

We’d like thank everyone in the local community for your overwhelming generosity, love and support in raising this money for Isla and her family. We are so grateful for your ongoing fundraising efforts.

Any funds raised above what’s needed for Isla will be held for her with SKC for a period of five years after all her treatment finishes.  We really hope that Isla will not need extra funds during this time, but if she does, they’ll be available.  If not, they’ll be used to help other children and families affected by neuroblastoma through our work.Isla’s been fighting high-risk neuroblastoma since her first birthday. She is lively, happy, playful and bubbly, and enjoys playing with her twin sister, Lottie and older brother, Finn. Like most girls her age, Isla loves being creative and adores anything pink, sparkly and cuddly! Playing outdoors is another favourite of hers but since the diagnosis, family dynamics have changed.

Isla has received extensive treatment and undergone numerous procedures as part of her treatment plan. Having responded well so far, the family hope that she’ll have no evidence of disease following the final part of her treatment – immunotherapy – at the end of December.

But the prospect of a relapse is extremely real for Isla; and relapsed neuroblastoma has a less than 1 in 10 chance of survival.

Ever positive and prepared to fight, Rick and Anna have chosen for Isla to access the Bivalent Vaccine clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, in the hope that it will help prevent the cancer returning. Isla’s end of treatment scans must show no evidence of disease to make this possible. They must also raise the necessary funds.

Desperate for their daughter to have the best chance of life, they are appealing for your help to raise £155k. These funds will cover the cost of the treatment, the associated costs of accessing the treatment (e.g. travel and accommodation) and ensure a contingency fund for any unforeseen complications whilst overseas.

“It’s an overwhelming amount of money to raise but we are determined to give Isla the best chance. Even if it gives her one extra day, then it would have been worth it for us.” Rick and Anna, Isla’s parents.

Anna says, “Last Christmas Isla was home but she was very unwell, underweight and had not long finished her chemotherapy. She had no hair and she had tubes in her nose. She looked like a child with cancer. Unable to sit properly due to open wounds from a bone marrow aspiration on her lower back, our hope this year is that she’ll be running around opening presents like other children her age.”

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Isla’s Fundraising Campaign

Relapse rates for neuroblastoma are high, and survival rate for relapsed neuroblastoma is less than 10%. This statistic worsens with every relapse. Relapsed neuroblastoma is particularly challenging to treat and there are limited options to treat it; all of which exist in the form of clinical trials, some in the UK and some abroad. Many families, just like Isla’s, will choose for their child to access these experimental therapies in an attempt to get their child back into remission, or to help prevent a relapse occurring. By supporting Isla’s Appeal, you’ll be helping Isla to access additional therapy in New York to try to prevent her relapsing.

How you can help

There are many ways you can help Isla; by making a personal donation; holding a fundraiser; getting sponsored to take on a challenge; or simply following and sharing Isla’s story through her Facebook page.

Download our free Isla resources (below) to support your fundraising, and click here for even more resources, including fundraising ideas, templates and guidance.

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You can make a donation via this page, or if you’d prefer to text donate, text ISLA12 and your amount £1 – £10 to 70070. If you’d like help supporting Isla’s campaign, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 0207 284 0800 |

“Although Isla is ‘cancer free’ we can’t risk the cancer coming back. That’s why we are doing everything we can as parents to make sure that it doesn’t come back.” Isla’s parents, Anna and Rick.

Terms and Conditions for Appeals

All donations are paid into Solving Kids’ Cancer’s (SKC) general funds to further its general charitable purposes. The funds raised by this Appeal are not restricted for the child’s use. However, the trustees of SKC have agreed to designate 90% of funds raised by this Appeal to help pay for treatment costs and all other associated costs including travel and accommodation. We will use the remaining 10% to pay for Solving Kids’ Cancer’s administrative and fundraising costs.

If: the child no longer needs the funds; the fundraising target is exceeded; insufficient funds are raised to fund the treatment; or if the trustees decide, at their absolute discretion, that the funds should be used for a different purpose, they may redesignate all or part of the 90% for SKC’s general charitable purposes. We are very grateful for your charitable donation.

For further information about SKC and how we spend donations, please contact

Solving Kids' Cancer Europe a registered charity no. 1135601 and registered company no. 7208648.

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