Assunta Trapanese, Christie fundraiser

Assunta has been a supporter of The Christie since her daughter Isabella was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, aged just 3. Isabella had a type of brain stem cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). Sadly, when Isabella’s cancer was found, it was already terminal.

Isabella lived for 28 months with the cancer. During this time, she had several different types of chemotherapy as treatment for the cancer, as well as 3 periods of radiotherapy.

Sadly, Isabella died October 2019 at the age of 5. In the last year of her life, she was treated at The Christie twice. In her memory, a fund has been created to support the proton beam therapy centre at The Christie, where Isabella was treated.

To support The Christie and to say thanks for Isabella’s treatment, Assunta is taking part in the Walk of Hope event for the 4th time. The Walk of Hope is a 10km walking event in the beautiful grounds of Tatton Park on 18 September 2021. Participants walk together in memory, celebration and solidarity in honour of the treatment and care provided by The Christie.

“Isabella was a funny, caring and beautiful girl; she loved singing, dressing up as a princess, dancing and spending time with her friends.”
“The loss of Isabella has forever touched her parents, close relatives as well as her friends and all those who were fortunate to meet her: she will always be remembered as a true princess. 
"This is the 4th year I have taken part in the Walk of Hope. In the past, I walked with the hope my daughter would have survived cancer, now I walk in her memory and for all children in the same circumstances. Cancer can be beat together!”

  - Assunta, Christie supporter

Thank you to Assunta and everyone else who’s taking part in the Walk of Hope on 18 September 2021.

Do you want to walk with Assunta and other fundraisers in support of The Christie? Join us at the Walk of Hope 2021 and help us make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families.