Generosity comes in all shapes and sizes and when young Tilly Denny-Iti learned her grandmother had blood cancer she found her own special way to help.
In May 2015, seven-year-old Tilly learned that her grandmother, Pamela Denny, had been diagnosed with life-threatening acute myeloid leukaemia.
Watching helplessly as her beloved Nanny underwent regular chemotherapy, Tilly stayed close by her side, expressing concern and a strong desire to try and fix her illness.
It was just after Christmas, while the family were staying at their holiday caravan in Seabird, that seven-year-old Tilly decided to take matters into her own hands and raise money to help people with blood cancer like her Nanny.
“Tilly decided she wanted to sell the toys that she and her two-year-old brother Quinn no longer needed in order to raise money for the ‘Leuchemo’ Foundation,” said Tilly’s proud mum Nicole. “She wanted to help make her Nanny well, as she doesn’t like her being sick and having to have chemotherapy.”
Hiding behind sunglasses full of tears as she watched her daughter sell her wares, Nicole says their neighbours were so moved by Tilly’s efforts to fundraise for the Leukaemia Foundation that they not only bought everything on the table but they then went home to find more money to donate to Tilly’s cause.
“It was probably one of my saddest and proudest moments all rolled into one,’ said Nicole. “Tilly’s efforts have made my mum and I very proud and I would like to thank the Leukaemia Foundation for its tireless efforts to help those suffering from a blood cancer and those who are supporting them.”
Leukaemia Foundation CEO Sally Trestrail said Tilly Denny-Iti is certainly one special little girl.
“Gestures like that make such a difference to us at the Foundation,” said Sally. “It’s not only the financial impact that we appreciate. For staff to hear about a child sacrificing her toys to help our cause is very moving.”
Our work simply couldn't happen without the support of amazing people like Tilly.
There are so many ways to fundraise and help make a difference for families impacted by a blood cancer. Join one of our events, check out our fundraising page or call us on 1800 620 420 and let us help you to plan your own cash-raising challenge today.
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