Pippa Rea’s family members are untiring in their efforts to support research into finding a cure for childhood cancers. Eleven-year-old Pippa lost her battle with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a very aggressive and virtually incurable form of brain tumour, in March 2015. Nine months later her brothers, James and Patrick were raising funds for research into childhood cancer by participating in the Tower Hill Challenge in Western Victoria. Now we have Pippa’s own artwork raising funds to help support research into this devastating disease. In addition, Pippa’s tumour is helping researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and other laboratories worldwide in their search for a cure.
Pippa was colourful and creative in life and now her art is set to live on thanks to an award-winning, Melbourne-based startup business. When she passed away Pippa left a house full of drawings and artworks – on cards, hanging on walls and in the sketchbooks she used to take to her hospital appointments.
Now with the help of Cardly, an innovative Melbourne startup, some of Pippa’s artwork has been turned into greeting cards that will help raise funds for the Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Foundation, which provided music and yoga therapy for Pippa during her radiation treatment, and for Pippa’s Trust at the Royal Children’s Hospital Tissue Bank, part of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.