Update: It is with great sadness that we share the news that Izzy passed away the morning of Friday, July 29, 2022. Izzy was a leader and selflessly used her voice to advocate for the advancement of cancer research. To make a gift towards osteosarcoma research in Izzy’s memory, click here.
On February 13, 2020, 10-year-old Isabelle Martin, nicknamed Izzy, was doing what she loved most. Dancing. Izzy had been dancing in competitions since she could walk.
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 7, 2021, she and her family started the #TeamIzzy Osteosarcoma Science Fund with the Osteosarcoma Institute (OSI), which will be applied towards a new and innovative clinical trial or study for osteosarcoma. 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 raised $100,000 in 2021 for osteosarcoma research. Of her experience opening a fund with the 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.”
Izzy made headlines in December of 2021 when she was named “Person of the Year” by People Newspapers, beating out Mark Cuban. Cuban responded to the loss by donating $25,000 to the #TeamIzzy Osteosarcoma Science Fund at the OSI. In the months afterward, Izzy went on to raise more money.
To follow Izzy’s legacy, visit the family’s “Izzy’s Adventure” blog page.