Izzy’s Story and The Izzy Foundation….
Izzy was diagnosed with Stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma two weeks after her first birthday. She was able to earn her angel wings in just two short years. During those two years, Izzy inspired her parents, her family, her friends and countless others to live, love, laugh and play. Through her grace and determination, we saw a glimpse of just how beautiful life can be. Izzy has inspired us to continue with that philosophy through the Izzy Foundation. Initially created to defray the costs of her own stem-cell transplant in Germany, the Foundation now seeks to provide services and support to those families with children who have debilitating diseases. The Izzy Foundation is a non-profit organization [501(c)(3) designation] founded in Providence, RI. Donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
A little more about Izzy
Isabelle Marie Wohlrab has an older brother, an older sister, and ‘a baby brother.’ Despite chemotherapy, radiation and three surgeries, her first year of treatment was rather ‘normal.’ Izzy grew and played just like any other 18 month old. By her second birthday, Izzy had developed a sense of self and awareness typically seen in children much older. The word ‘no’ was seldom heard from her lips. Soon after her second birthday, Izzy had memorized a few of her favorite books and was able to recite them back to us. In addition, she would sit at a table, tongue sticking out of her mouth in concentration, and color within the lines for an hour at a time. By her third birthday, Izzy had undergone more surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation than many adults can tolerate. Despite the battle within her body, Izzy continued to smile, laugh, and entertain. She had the uncanny ability to create a dance party with groups of people from all ages and backgrounds on the spur of the moment. Nobody was immune from Izzy walking over, grabbing their hand, and pulling them up to dance….usually to Justin Bieber! ‘Inspired by Izzy’ became a rallying cry for people all over the world. It is because of her life that we hope that everyone is IZspired by Izzy.