Doing it for Mackenzie

The Great Kindness Challenge

Support Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney!

RMHC Sydney supports seriously ill children and their families undergoing treatment in hospital.  Our services provide a home away from home for families in difficult times.

I have taken the mission to be a kindness superhero during the month of April and I need your support!  RMHC Sydney has a goal of raising 240 nights of accommodation for the families they serve.  It costs RMHC Sydney $160 per night to provide a room for a family, and with your support we will be able to keep this service running.

Aside from the House in Randwick, RMHC Sydney has Family Rooms in Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney Children's Hospital, and Wollongong Hospital.  These rooms give families a place to come and rest during their long days at the hospital.

Your funds will directly help families to find accommodation during their time of need.

Thank you for your support!

I am fundraising in memory of my beautiful little girl, Mackenzie.

On the 11th March 2017, my husband Jonathan and I had our first baby, a beautiful girl called Mackenzie. It was love at first sight; we knew our world had changed forever.

When Mackenzie was 10 weeks old, our happy, blissful world was ripped away from us when she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type one. SMA is a rare neuromuscular disorder characterised by loss of motor neurons and progressive muscle wasting. In essence, we were told that Mackenzie would slowly lose her ability to move, to swallow and eventually to breath.

We were told to expect that Mackenzie would most likely pass away before her first birthday.

In October 2017, we rushed our beautiful daughter Mackenzie to Sydney Children's Hospital in an ambulance. After going through emergency we were transferred up to the Children's Intensive Care Unit.

While Mackenzie was in ICU, she we prominently unconscious. We could only gauge her condition through her heartrate and temperature. Every so often we noticed that she wasn't doing as well when we were close by. We all thought that she could sense us being there by our smell and touch which she reacted to.

This was a hard realisation because we only wanted to be by her side and had nowhere else to go. But we wanted to give her space at times if that is what she needed. This is when we found out about the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room gave us a place to go where we could be close to our daughter but give her the space we thought she needed to rest.

We could never have left the hospital to go home. It wasn't an option to leave her as her condition was so serious. We needed to be able to run to her side in minutes.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room gave us a room to rest and some privacy to sit in our shock and our pain. It also gave us access to food to replenish our energy which was important, we needed to keep our strength up for her but it was certainly the last thing on our mind.

On the 22nd October 2017, Mackenzie passed away lying between Jonny and I. Our little girl was gone. She lived a life filled with nothing but love and laughter. We cannot fully describe in words the pain we felt and are still reeling over losing our beautiful daughter.

This year, I am taking the Great Kindness Challenge in memory of Mackenzie. Ronald McDonald House Charities Sydney supports sick children and their families. Having Ronald McDonald House and their Family Rooms helped look after my family through food, shelter, a bed and a kind helping hand which lets you focus on what is important, your child.

Please help me reach our target of 35 nights ($5,600) to support families and sick kids staying at the House.

You can also sign up to the Great Kindness Challenge > www.greatkindnesschallenge.com.auΒ 

You can also pre-purchase my new book, Mackenzie's Mission at the following website;Β 

Booktopia:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/mackenzie-s-mission-rachael-casella/book/9781760527457.html

The Book Depository:

https://www.bookdepository.com/MackenzieS-Mission/9781760527457?ref=grid-view&qid=1584604044921&sr=1-1

Ebook edition at Kindle:

https://www.amazon.com.au/Mackenzies-Mission-mother-turned-tragedy-ebook/dp/B085BZL2TP/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=mackenzie%27s+mission&qid=1584604104&s=digital-text&sr=1-2

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Thank you to my Sponsors

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Anonymous

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Kumar Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Anonymous

What special people you are x sending love πŸ’•

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Land Eco Consulting

In memory of Mackenzie we would love to donate one night for a family using this valuable and important service.

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Anonymous

Happy 3rd Birthday Beautiful Mackenzie!

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David

so terribly sorry for your loss

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Joce K

Best wishes to your family, thankyou for sharing your story of beautiful Mackenzie.

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Catherine O’brien

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Meg Willes

Thinking of Mackenzie and her family today and every day. I love this idea and I’m so happy to be a part of it.

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Jasmin Ballesty

Happy 3rd birthday beautiful Mackenzie 🎈 We are thinking of you and all the angels we never got to hold. You will never been forgotten ❀️

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Minty Magazine

Happy Birthday Mackenzie xx

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Narelle Moss

I cannot image how you both were feeling and with 6 grandchildren of my own I know how I would feel. Shattered heartbroken and devastated. Great work in what you are trying to do. πŸ’‹

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Your pain and grief is doing wonderful things for others, thank you!

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Kristina Bacak

Happy 3rd Birthday sweet girl! Shine a light on your mummy and daddy tomorrow πŸ’•

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Nikki Katsenos

I am so inspired by you - turning grief into positivity, and things you can do to help others.

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Annalise Hayman

For you and your dear girls xx

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Sarah Grant

Happy third birthday beautiful Mackenzie. Always in our hearts, and your legacy lives on in so many incredible ways through your wonderful parents. Keep shining little star x

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Natalie Mcnamara

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Luisa Jones

Happy birthday to beautiful Mackenzie on her 3rd birthday! You are truly missed and we hope you have a dance high up in the sky with your brother and sister to your favourite song. Big hug to you Rachael and Jonny! We are thinking of you and sending you all the love we have.

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Nicole Hampton

Im in awe of your resilience. Your daughter is beautiful. All my love. Xx

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Chanea O’byrne

Happy Birthday Mackenzie!!! Hope your day is full of rainbows, unicorns and Britney on repeat! Love Chanea, Nathan and Parker xxx

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Tash Gregory

Happy 3rd Birthday sweet Mackenzie βœ¨πŸ’œ

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Rebecca Manuel

Happy birthday, Mackenzie! πŸ’–

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Ashlee Quinlan

Happy 3rd birthday beautiful MacKenzie. From a mother who knows the pain of losing a child, I hope this small donation in MacKenzie’s honour brings some solace during a birthday where you should be holding her in your arms and not your heart. We think of you often and we hope our baby girl found your’s up there because we couldn’t think of a more amazing little girl to look after our’s. All of our love. Ashlee, Xavier, Sadie and Ovie Quinlan xo

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Jessica Gibson

Happy birthday Mackenzie xx

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Alicia Ashwin

Happy 3rd birthday Mackenzie. Wishing you a wonderful day celebrating in the stars xx

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Tessa Morrison

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Kellie

Happy birthday gorgeous Mackenzie πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚ πŸ’–

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Christine Radburn

Happy Heavenly 3rd birthday Mackenzie .

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Aspen Campbell

Sending you birthday wishes from your angel friend- Aspen xxx

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Lisa Humphries

Thank you for supporting the charity sector during such a difficult time xx

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Claire Daking

Happy 3rd Birthday Mackenzie x

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Chris, Ali & The Kidlings

❀️ beautiful idea! We’re in!!!

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Jenna D’addona

Happy Birthday beautiful Mackenzie xxx ❀️

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Kate Nolan

Lots of love to the brave families who must be so anxious for their little ones right now. Stay safe x

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Rhiannon Mavromatakis

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Anonymous

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Sarah Maule

What an amazing support for families who are going through the unimaginable! So much like to you and your partner turning something painful into something beautiful . Mackenzie would be so proud and her heart would be full Of love. Xx

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Rachael Casella

Mackenzie's Weekly Charity #1 xxxx

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Anonymous

Happy birthday Mackenzie πŸ’—πŸ§ΈπŸŽ‚

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Jenny Beier

Dear Mackenzie, Thank you for showing the world how important kindness is. You chose amazing parents, by the way! Lots of love to you and your beautiful family πŸ’™

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Gillian Griffiths

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Erin Odonoghue

Happy 3rd Birthday Mackenzie!

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Melissa Stone

Happy 3rd Birthday Mackenzie! ❀️

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Brooke Stephenson

Doing it for Mackenzie.

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Maxine Mckiel

Wishing Mackenzie happy birthday all the way from Canada!

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Anonymous

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Ainslie Johnstone

I’m blessed to have a healthy child, so wanting to help those who haven’t had this luxury

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Kylie Williams

Shine bright in the sky Mackenzie xo

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Anonymous

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Amelia Duckworth

Hang in there guys πŸ’–