Ian and Noo's Racing 4 Life

By Nicola Jackman

We’re asking our friends and family to donate in lieu of gifts for our 25th wedding anniversary.

As you are all aware, our daughter Hazel was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of 2, and began 2 years of gruelling, invasive chemotherapy. It was a very challenging, confronting, scary time, not only for Hazel but for the whole family. But we were lucky. Hazel had a standard, garden variety of Leukaemia which the doctors were very familiar with. The course of treatment prescribed for Hazel had been refined over many years of clinical trials so that, despite feeling lousy, Hazel responded very well to it and, as a consequence, she is with us today.

Some families are not so lucky. Some children who present at Sydney Children’s Hospital have much more complex forms of leukaemia or cancer. There are still others who present with a blood disorder or cancer which no one has ever seen before. All of these children do not respond as readily to the available treatments. Some barely respond at all.

Ian and I met many of these patients whilst Hazel was undergoing treatment and witnessed the challenges and suffering that these children and their families faced. We also saw some of them finally lose their battle. It was heartbreaking.

Racing for Life (RFL) was set up five years ago by a group of families who had had children treated in the oncology wing of the Sydney Children’s Hospital. The main aim of RFL is to raise funds for a clinical trial which deals specifically with the more difficult and challenging childhood cancers. The trial so far, has yielded some positive results. To date RFL has raised $700,000. We are aiming for $1,000,000.

To all our dear friends, whether you have been touched by cancer or not, we would urge you to consider helping us and Racing For Life to reach our goal, and thus help future children facing complex cancers.

Thank you to my Supporters

$4.01k

Ian Jackman

$2.01k

Jeremy And Maria Stoljar

All the best for the 25th and for this great cause.

$1.01k

Happy 25th

lots of love, the Holdens xxx

$1,000

Rowena Danziger And Ken Coles

$1,000

Mary & Howard Tanner

Happy to support this wonderful project.

$510

Julie Taylor

Thanks, Ian and Nicola, for the invitation. We wish we could be there to celebrate with you. Julie and Bruce

$510

Gemma, Rhys & Hannah Marchant-williams

Dear Noo and Ian, what a wonderful organisation, we hope it raises the money it needs to help these families. With love and best wishes. xo

$510

Victoria Brigden

$510

Rob & Jane

Glad to contribute to such a great cause.

$510

Anonymous

$510

Beverley Allen

Thankyou for my lovely grand daughter Hazel, one of 3 beautiful grandaughters, who succeeded 9 boofy, but loveable grandsons. Little boys are fantastic but little girls are the best!

$510

Jane Holyman

$500

Carol And Ian Ackery

$500

Jock And Corny

$208

Anna Van Dugteren

Hi Noo and Ian - a very worthwhile cause. Lots of Love Anna and Geoff and familu

$208

Murray Bell

Lots of love always, Muz, Addie and Gracie xxx

$208

Belinda Allen

Well done

$208

Anonymous

$208

Anonymous

A very worthwhile cause. Hope the research goes well.

$208

Judith Anderson

With our love to you all, Juj and Jim

$208

Rob Busby

Great work Noo & Ian. Looking forward to celebrating with you! xx. Rob & Sally.

$208

Angus Archibald

$208

Sandy And Mandy Archibald

$208

Sarah And Daniel

$208

Emma Archibald

Lots of love x

$208

Hattie And Jason Millett

good race to win xx

$208

Justin Punch

Happy anniversary Noo and Ian!! Love from Patty and Justin

$208

The Ritchie Family

Big love to Hazel and her parents on her 25th anni. ??

$200

Scarlett Palmerlee

To Hazel, Love Scarlett

$200

Meg

Congrats. Great cause and great 25 years

$200

Mandy Dodds

Congratulations on 25 years and here's to the next 25 years. Much love and best wishes Mandy

$200

D A And S Litchfield

$156

Sal Psaltis

Great idea rather than giving pressies. Really looking forward to the afternoon.

$150

D M Van Dugteren

$104

Alexander Jackman

Can you please scrub those undies this weekend? Cheers mate xx

$100

Sally-ann Crocker

Best wishes to you and all your wonderful family, Noo. Love, the Crockers

$100

Susan Jane Monkton

$70

Sacha Macansh

Thanks Ian and Noo for bringing my attention to this very valuable appeal. It's a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary. Congratulations and thank you!

$52

Alex Youroukelis

$52

Jamss Holyman

Thanks you so much for having us all. What a great cause!

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research