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10 June 2022

Written by Lorraine Lea – Simply Home

It is no longer a one size fits all remedy. It is about personalised treatment plans.

As a family-owned business, we have been touched by cancer.
In 1999, we experienced the tragic passing of our co-founder, Peter Ryan when he sadly lost his brave battle with cancer.

This tragic loss spurred us to establish the Party for Kids with Cancer charity fund. It’s our way of giving back to the community and supporting the families of children living with cancer.


Partnership with The Kids’ Cancer Project

Lorraine Lea has partnered with The Kids’ Cancer Project for the past four years. During this time, all funds raised have been invested in the Zero Childhood Cancer Program (ZERO) to help children who would otherwise have no hope.

Since its national clinical trial launched in September 2017, more than 500 children and young people with high-risk cancer have been enrolled. For over 70% of these patients, the program has successfully identified a personalised treatment plan to target the specific genetic changes driving their unique cancer in under nine weeks.

“It is no longer a one size fits all remedy. It is about personalised treatment plans.”
– Owen, CEO of The Kids’ Cancer Project



Before being diagnosed with cancer, Ka’ili was a cheeky 4-year-old who loved attending weekly swimming, gymnastics and jazz ballet lessons. Her family were given the shock of their lives when a tumour the size of a rockmelon was found in her kidney, shortly after a family holiday to Fiji.

“I was completely overwhelmed… not only with a cancer diagnosis but with the uncertainty of the situation.” – said Kristy, Ka’ili’s mum.

Just short of a year after her treatment had first begun, Ka’ili relapsed. She was to face another six months of intensive chemotherapy, along with radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant. Then, in March 2021, Ka’ili joined the ZERO national clinical trial. She began a new treatment drug, and the results had shown it was targeting her cancer. After four months, treatment ended, and Ka-ili was declared in remission.

Today, Ka’ili is six years old and thriving in kindergarten. Without ZERO, the outcome may have sadly been entirely different.

To hear more about Ka’ili’s story, please click here.

How can you be a hero for zero?

There are two ways to support the Party for Kids with Cancer charity during our June fundraiser -

  • Host an event
    Host an in-home or online styling event in June and donate part or all of your Host Credits* to the cause. You can book via your Stylist or on the Lorraine Lea website here.
  • Make a donation
    Support the fundraising appeal by making a monetary donation online.

Thank you for your ongoing support to help find a cure for kids’ cancers and for helping the families of children living with cancer.


*Host Credits are 10% of guest sales and $20 for each event booking.
Chat to your Stylist for more information or
click here.

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