Into the Unknown: Battling Childhood Cancer

Just before Christmas our brother Dom and his wife Jess discovered that their darling daughter Rosa had a malignant brain tumour. After taking her to the GP for some nasty headaches, things escalated very quickly. On Christmas Eve the tumour was successfully removed but unfortunately, the tumour was a highly aggressive form of cancer called glioblastoma multiforme. Underlying this is a genetic mutation called constitutional mismatch repair deficiency (CMMRD), which predisposes children to developing different types of cancer. CMMRD can cause cancers in other parts of the body as well and it is not uncommon for kids to develop more than one form of cancer over their lifetime. Because CMMRD is a genetic disorder, Rosa’s brother Orson, as well as Jess and Dom, will need to be screened. 

Dom and Jess, have shown incredible strength and have been dealing with this crisis in such a calm and loving way that has impressed us all.

Rosa will need ongoing treatment, starting with Radiotherapy five days a week for the first six weeks with the hope of inhibiting the regrowth of the brain tumour. Dom and Jess will need to spend as much time as possible supporting Rosa, Orson and each other through what will be a very difficult time. 

If you are able, please help Dom, Jess, Rosa and Orson to maximise the time they can spend together by donating to this GoFundMe. All funds will go directly to Dom and Jess to help them manage financially while they take necessary leave from work and to cover any expenses that arise to help them tackle the lows, and make the most of the highs. 

Thank you so much for your support.


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  • Kimberley Chaumont 
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Claudia Santangelo 
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