Isabelle’s Story
A year ago on February 13, 2020, 10-year-old Isabelle, nicknamed Izzy, was doing what she loved most. Dancing. Izzy had been dancing in competitions since she could walk.    But now, only a moment into her routine, she collapsed. Her femur was broken. And bones don’t just break.    After multiple scans, doctors confirmed the family’s worst […]

A year ago on February 13, 2020, 10-year-old Isabelle, nicknamed Izzy, was doing what she loved most. Dancing. Izzy had been dancing in competitions since she could walk.   

But now, only a moment into her routine, she collapsed. Her femur was broken. And bones don’t just break.   

After multiple scans, doctors confirmed the family’s worst nightmare. Izzy had osteosarcoma, the most common form of childhood bone cancer. Izzy’s family describes her as ferocious, and she faced her diagnosis and treatment bravely in typical Izzy fashion. Now, a year later Izzy is cancer free and focused on regaining her strength and ability to dance again.   

In honor of her birthday on February 7th 2021, she and her family started the #TeamIzzy Osteosarcoma Science Fund with the Osteosarcoma Institute, which will be granted towards a new and innovative clinical trial or study for osteosarcoma this year. Izzy’s mom Christine says, “All Izzy wants for her birthday is to make a difference for other kids. Her heart is in this.”

Together, we have raised $100,000 in 2021, which will be applied to a breakthrough clinical trial or science in osteosarcoma this year. Of her experience opening a fund with OSI, Izzy says, “Research and trials are necessary to help kids like me. None of it can happen without money. The more we talk about it, the more people will know and the more they can help.”  

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