Isla's story

It broke Madison's heart to hear her daughter Isla say to her, "Mamma, I just want my 'kaemia' to go away."

Just weeks before her fifth birthday, Isla was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

She was admitted to hospital for urgent treatment.

Suddenly, instead of happily playing princesses with her little sister Allegra, Isla's world was filled with surgery, chemo and endless needles and medicines.

Isla needed regular blood tests which filled her with terror. The only thing that helped was having Captain Starlight there to distract her.

"Isla hates needles; it's so distressing for her. The Captain Starlights made a world of difference joking around, making her smile helping her forget all the horrible treatment," her mum said.

Whenever Captain Starlight visited Isla on the cancer ward, her face lit up and she felt less scared and alone.

"Starlight brings that spark and joy back into Isla's life. I don't want to think about our hospital life without Starlight because they play such an important and special role in our cancer journey."

- Isla's mum

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$10 will go towards brightening the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children and young people

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Registered with ACNC.

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Here's how your donation will help


helps connect sick kids to the fun of Captain Starlight through video calls


gives a child and their siblings access to the Starlight Express Room


brings the fun of Captain Starlight to sick kids isolated in hospital

Happiness when it matters most

When you give to Starlight, you're helping sick kids feel happier and better able to cope with the pain, fear and isolation of hospital.

Your impact:

  • Helping distract kids from their illness and treatment

  • Helping sick kids feel happier and more positive

  • Helping sick kids cope with pain

  • Helping sick kids feel less anxious and alone