We are two Mums from Carrum in the South-East suburbs of Melbourne hoping to help a local family whose daughter Riaa Kulkarni is in Grade 2 this year at Carrum Primary School. Sadly, this family is experiencing indescribable difficulties concerning the health of their child.
In March, 2018, Riaa was suddenly diagnosed with a form of brain cancer called DIPG. DIPG is rare in children and is a fast-growing cancerous brain tumour that causes deterioration of basic daily functions such as eating, walking and speaking.
Her treatment is being managed by the Monash Children's Hospital. Unfortunately, all available treatment options, including radiation therapy, have been exhausted.
Ria attended a clinical trial in Sydney for 6 weeks, However, due to the rapid growth of the tumor, and Ria's inability to continue to tolerate the chemotherapy, this has been suspended.