Today in Australia, 3 families will be told their child has cancer

Ava was born with cancer – and rushed to a hospital in another state when she was only two days old. To be with their little girl, Ava’s mum and dad had to drop everything, relocate and live out of a suitcase.

Ollie remembered: “Holly had tears in her eyes, saying ‘it wasn’t meant to be this way. I want to bring my little girl home.’ They arrived at Ava’s new hospital in complete shock, with little more than the clothes they were wearing. They didn’t go home for seven months.

Tests confirmed Ava had a rare form of leukaemia. At just six weeks old, she started chemotherapy.

“She gave us her first smile during her first dose of chemo, which was her way of saying to us: “mum and dad, I’m going to be OK.” – Ollie.

The costs of living away from home and buying meals every day were huge.

On top of everything else, Ava’s mum and dad had to worry where the money would come from.

Lightening the burden of childhood cancer

Redkite provides essential support to children with cancer and their families. Walking alongside the whole family, for the whole journey.

Redkite provides support that shows families they aren’t alone, no matter how isolated they feel.

This support includes:

  • Grocery vouchers, so a family struggling with the financial stress of a child’s cancer can put food on the table.
  • Covering bills, like the mortgage and electricity to keep a home running.
  • Fuel costs for parents driving long distances between hospital and home to see their child.
  • Counselling to reassure families that they have a support network to lean on.
  • Support line to help families through the trauma of cancer.

Knowing that the necessities are taken care of lightens the load of childhood cancer.

That’s why Redkite covers the essentials, when the essentials matter most.

“It’s hard to put a value on it. It’s priceless.” – Ollie

Being beside his daughter, Ava, all through her cancer treatment was priceless for Ollie. But the stress almost broke him.

Thankfully, that’s when kind Redkite supporters like you came into their lives.

One of Redkite’s social workers reached Ava’s parents and offered them financial help. The generosity of people like you brought them vouchers to buy groceries – every week, for as long as Ava was in hospital.

Redkite was able to help with the bills mounting up back home, too. Ollie said that made an enormous difference. “It was an overwhelming relief. Without Redkite’s help, we wouldn’t have been able to pay all our bills. The financial assistance meant we could devote all our energy to Ava.”

Ollie explained, “Until you get that help, you feel you’re doing it all alone. Then you feel like you’re part of a team – and there are so many generous, lovely people out there wanting to help.”

That’s when Ollie discovered how caring, kind and supportive the Redkite community is.

What can you do to help?

Right now, another child like Ava is fighting for their life in hospital. Their parents are struggling with extra expenses, the bills piling up at home, and having to reduce or give up work.

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the financial pressure – on top of all the other stress and heartbreak – can tear families apart.

They’re often left deep in debt or drowning in bills. Some families fall so far behind on rent they lose their home while their little one is fighting for their life.

You can make sure families like Ava’s don’t go through cancer without support.

Take the survey to help Redkite continue to provide essential services to vulnerable families.