$7,662.40
Jo-Ann & Lou Caltabiano The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Bear Cottage
Jo-Ann & Lou Caltabiano
$7,662.40
The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Bear Cottage
Jo-Ann & Lou Caltabiano
Jo-Ann & Lou Caltabiano

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206 days ago, Jo-Ann Caltabiano created this page in support of The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Bear Cottage.

With the help of Team Bianca – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead , Jo-Ann Caltabiano gave everything:

  • Shared their page with everyone they could.

  • Received 85 donations from generous family and friends.

  • Raised $7,662.40.

My Story

For the fourth consecutive year Lou and I are taking part in the City2Surf in memory of our daughter Bianca Caltabiano. We will be supporting The Children’s Hospital at Westmead which conducts research into children living with rare diseases. Research is vital so that early diagnosis, more effective treatments and hopefully cures can be found so that more young lives are not lost.

As part of Team Bianca our aim is to continue raising awareness and funds for research into rare diseases. Bianca passed away at the age of 18 in October 2013 from Haemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) which is a rare cancer-like blood disorder of the immune system. As part of Team Bianca our aim is to continue raising awareness and funds for rare diseases like HLH and Loeys-Dietz syndrome, both of these rare diseases affected Bianca.

Bianca was inspirational and fought her battle with strength, bravery and dignity to the end and left us all in awe of her resilience and positive attitude. Bianca will always be our little girl and she was the most beautiful, kind and genuine soul you could ever meet. We are so lucky that we had the privilege of being her parents. We cannot put into words how proud we are of Bianca for being such an inspiration too so many people who have supported us over the past 3 years and continue to support us through what is every parent’s worst nightmare.

To date Team Bianca as raised over $170,000 and have achieved the following:

During 2014-2016 over $90,000 has been raised and donated to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead for research into rare diseases. With this money a part-time researcher has been employed who is working on various research projects and papers on rare diseases like HLH.

In 2014, we also raised over $78,000 for the Steve Waugh Foundation which provided 15 grants to young people aged 0-22 who are living with rare diseases for equipment, medication and treatment.

None of this would have been possible without the support Team Bianca has received from sponsors and donors for which we are so thankful.

For every $25 you donate to Team Bianca, you will receive an entry into the Team Bianca Charity Prize Draw to win great prizes from our sponsors. Do you want more chances to win? Once you have donated, go to http://bit.ly/2pIcfmv and you can receive bonus entries into the Prize Draw.

Please help us by giving whatever you can by using the 'Give Now' button. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Every cent donated goes to rare disease research at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Please also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Jo-Ann & Lou

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Team Bianca – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

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Welcome to Team Bianca! We are thrilled to have you on board!

Please help us help The Children’s Hospital at Westmead by giving whatever you can. Click the 'Give Now' button and show your support.

Over the past three years Team Bianca has raised over $170,000 to help young people with rare diseases. During 2015-2016 $90,000 was raised for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, funding research into rare heart diseases and blood disorders like HLH.

In 2014, we also raised over $78,000 for the Steve Waugh Foundation to provide grants to those aged 0-22 who are living with rare diseases.

For the fourth consecutive year, we are running the City2Surf in memory of Bianca Caltabiano, a wonderful daughter, sister and friend, who passed away in October 2013 at the age of 18.

Close to 2 million Australians will have a rare disease at some stage during their lives, of which 400,000 will be children.

Bianca was diagnosed with haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare cancer-like blood disorder of the immune system. HLH primarily affects children but is often diagnosed in teenagers, adolescents and adults. Some cases are genetic but HLH may also be triggered by viral infections such as glandular fever (EBV virus), vaccinations or other underlying autoimmune disorders and cancers. Bianca had undergone treatment which involved blood transfusions, steroids, immunosuppressants and chemotherapy. Sadly due to pneumonia, kidney and respiratory failure, our beloved Bianca passed away.

We are calling on friends, family and businesses to sponsor our team to further build upon the hospital’s current research efforts. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and all money raised will assist in funding vital research projects into rare diseases conducted by the Hospital so that young lives like Bianca’s are not lost.

For every $25 you donate to Team Bianca, you will receive an entry into the Team Bianca Charity Prize Draw to win great prizes from our sponsors. For more chances to win, once you have donated go to http://bit.ly/2pIcfmv where you can support our sponsors and receive bonus entries into the Prize Draw.

We thank you all for your generosity and support. Let’s continue to do Bianca proud.
Daniel

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Team Bianca – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

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Welcome to Team Bianca! We are thrilled to have you on board!

Please help us help The Children’s Hospital at Westmead by giving whatever you can. Click the 'Give Now' button and show your support.

Over the past three years Team Bianca has raised over $170,000 to help young people with rare diseases. During 2015-2016 $90,000 was raised for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, funding research into rare heart diseases and blood disorders like HLH.

In 2014, we also raised over $78,000 for the Steve Waugh Foundation to provide grants to those aged 0-22 who are living with rare diseases.

For the fourth consecutive year, we are running the City2Surf in memory of Bianca Caltabiano, a wonderful daughter, sister and friend, who passed away in October 2013 at the age of 18.

Close to 2 million Australians will have a rare disease at some stage during their lives, of which 400,000 will be children.

Bianca was diagnosed with haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare cancer-like blood disorder of the immune system. HLH primarily affects children but is often diagnosed in teenagers, adolescents and adults. Some cases are genetic but HLH may also be triggered by viral infections such as glandular fever (EBV virus), vaccinations or other underlying autoimmune disorders and cancers. Bianca had undergone treatment which involved blood transfusions, steroids, immunosuppressants and chemotherapy. Sadly due to pneumonia, kidney and respiratory failure, our beloved Bianca passed away.

We are calling on friends, family and businesses to sponsor our team to further build upon the hospital’s current research efforts. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and all money raised will assist in funding vital research projects into rare diseases conducted by the Hospital so that young lives like Bianca’s are not lost.

For every $25 you donate to Team Bianca, you will receive an entry into the Team Bianca Charity Prize Draw to win great prizes from our sponsors. For more chances to win, once you have donated go to http://bit.ly/2pIcfmv where you can support our sponsors and receive bonus entries into the Prize Draw.

We thank you all for your generosity and support. Let’s continue to do Bianca proud.
Daniel

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