Make a difference this Red Nose Day

Oct 31 – Nov 18

Change someone’s life

Your Red Nose Day donation will help fund vital research into the treatment and cures of serious health conditions that affect our kids.

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Cure Kids

Our purpose is simple

At Cure Kids, every single day our researchers are driven to find the cures for serious health conditions that affect many of our children. We focus on raising funds to enable high-impact medical research to find the cures our kids need. With the amazing support of New Zealand, Cure Kids have been funding ground-breaking research for the past 45 years. We need your support to understand more about the health conditions and disease that affect our kids so we can find better ways to treat and even cure them.

Red Nose Day is our annual, national appeal. Over $1million was raised last year, and this year is set to become our biggest fundraising effort yet. Join us this Red Nose Day and raise funds to fund vital medical research.

Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological illness of children and young people. An estimated 38,000 New Zealanders live with this condition, with 80 per cent having their onset in childhood. Although these individuals may live relatively normal lives, one third have seizures with major social, psychological, physical and cognitive consequences.

Over 450 children develop epilepsy each year. Cure Kids is funding Associate Professor Lynette Sadlier, a paediatric neurologist specializing in epilepsy at the University of Otago Wellington. Her work, and that of her supporting team, focuses on studying families where several individuals are have epilepsy or where a certain child has an especially severe form.

This work will become more and more critical for informing targeted treatments to improve the quality of life of those living with epilepsy and hopefully save the lives of the several children who devastatingly die each year as a result of their epilepsy.

Learn more about Prof Sadlier's research here: bit.ly/2lE8K18
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Our awesome ambassador Jax will be spending his 11th birthday this year taking on Auckland’s bigest fun run – Round the Bays!

Jax, who lives with autism, ADHD and dyspraxia will be celebrating with his family and the rest of the Cure Kids team, and we’re looking for people like you to join him.

Celebrate Jax’s birthday with him on March 5th at Round the Bays, and help make a difference to the health of our children. Find out more and sign up now: bit.ly/2ikxOWa
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Happy 12th birthday to our incredible ambassador Alana (middle right) pictured here with her sisters and good friend. Alana is having a party in a few weeks and is going white water rafting! She is a busy pre-teen and loves girl guides and sport.

Happy birthday Alana, from the team at Cure Kids - we think you’re a star!

Alana lives with Marfan syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder that can affect the skeleton, eyes, heart and blood vessels. Cure Kids is proud to fund world-class paediatric geneticist Professor Stephen Robertson.
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Our thoughts are with everyone in Christchurch and those who have family and friends affected by the devastating fires.

We will be checking in regularly with our ambassador families during this terrible time to make sure everyone is safe – Kia Kaha Christchurch, the Cure Kids family is thinking of you all.
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