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It’s been a tough journey for Annabelle Potts and her family, and it’s far from over.

Canberrans have rallied together to support this gorgeous girl, who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in December.

Annabelle has since been accepted into a clinical trial in the UK, but the family needs our help to get there!

“We need to try to get her over there before the end of April/mid May,” Annabelle’s mum Kathie said.

“If the tumour starts to progress or if there is any swelling, we won’t be eligible for the trial for safety. They have said her best chance for no progression is within three months after radiotherapy finishes.”

A GoFundMe account set up to help the family with travel and medical expenses has so far raised over $130,000, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of people.

But, they need $150,000 for surgery, the first infusion, accommodation and flights.

The overall target, taking into account other infusions and expenses, is around $275,000.


Donations are still being encouraged via the GoFundMe page, with other projects also in the works.

A Bake Sale & Raffle has been organised for Sunday April 9 outside Coles Jamison from 10am-2pm.

A lady by the name of Vicki Newman contacted one of Annabelle’s aunties to get the ball rolling.

“So far she has rallied many many bakers to donate their goods as well as packaging companies to provide packing products,” one of Annabelle’s aunties said.

“For the raffle, Coles Jamison have donated two $30 Easter baskets, Bonny Sweeney from Avon has donated a gift basket, Tabitha Kelly has donated a gift basket, Carrie Whybrow Photography has donated a $200 photography shoot, Aaron & Tammy from Jordos chop shop Wanniassa is donating a meat tray, Yvette from Massage Essential is going to donate a $60 massage voucher and Canberra Kids Parties is donating five $50 vouchers.”

More donations are expected, which will be updated on the Facebook event page.


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The family also wants to draw attention to Annabelle’s disease - Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

“DIPG receives the least amount of funding and research of all childhood cancers. Collectively we can raise awareness and support the researchers who dare to commit to what is known amongst medical professionals as the ‘career killer’ because of its seeming dead end,” Annabelle’s aunty said.

“We know this clinical trial is not likely to be the silver bullet for Annabelle but it might just be a step in the right direction to the final cure.”

Canberra has already shown immense support to this beautiful family – whose little princess holds a special place in all of our hearts.

Let’s keep the support going – and help get the family over to the UK!

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