A Cure for Allegra

A campaign by: Julia & Alex Kent
39 Donors
$17,020.00 Raised
$25,000.00 Goal
Raised Percent :

68.08% Funded
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Our daughter Allegra was born six years ago, the happiest baby, smiling, laughing and engaging with sparkling eyes. When she was about 18 months old, she changed. By then, she should have been speaking but wasn’t. Doctors at first attributed it to glue ear, as she had endless ear infections. However, gradually, she seemed less and less engaged with the world. We trawled from hospital to hospital for endless assessments. One team of specialists diagnosed sensory processing disorder, another decided she had autism. I drove myself and everyone else mad trying to figure out what was wrong. She had changed from the baby we knew, but why? Three neurologists dismissed me as being in denial that my child had autism. Then we saw a wonderful nutritionist, Lucinda Miller, who recommended we consult a neurologists and after an EEG we discovered that Allegra had epilepsy.

She had been having multiple but undetectable seizures every day in the area that controls speech and language. The autism was, what we now know to be, a common misdiagnosis. A genetic test was ordered to see if this was a specific type of epilepsy and if so whether there was a medication that would cause her to “wake up.”

We were hopeful.

A week later we went read the test result: Rett Syndrome.

As we learnt more about this disorder, the pieces suddenly fit. Why she had developed normally for 18 months, why she presented autistic traits, why she has epilepsy, ADHD and so on. The diagnosis was both a relief that our search for answers had ended, but a crushing pain as the realisation of what the Syndrome entails became clear.

Before the diagnosis I used to worry for Allegra’s future. Now I worry if she will have one at all.

My husband Alex researched and wrote to or met everyone he could find in this field, including the indefatigable Monica Coenraads. I thank God every day for Monica. She explained everything, identified Allegra’s particular variant of Rett and told us what she and RSRT were doing to find a cure.

Monica and RSRT picked us up off the floor and have given us hope.

Allegra is a beautiful, strong willed and funny little girl who loves to run and play and swim. She loves music, animals and being with her family.

We are doing our best to give her the life that she deserves. While we cannot do anything medically, we support RSRT, other charities and members of the community in their efforts to alleviate the suffering of thousands of girls around the world.

Your support will help. Together we can work to find the cure for this cruel disease.

Thank you for reading our page, for helping Allegra and all the other children afflicted with Rett.


Donation Amount Minimum amount is $ Maximum amount is $100000
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Allegra's Hero

1 Donor


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Allegra's Champion

6 Donors


Allegra's Supporter

6 Donors


Allegra's Advocate

20 Donors

Name Donate Amount Date
Piers Holdsworth Hunt $500.00 June 03, 2021
Oliver Straker $100.00 May 11, 2021
Raintrees International Kindergarten Pte ltd $1,450.00 March 26, 2021
Anonymous $500.00 December 09, 2020
Lin Du $100.00 November 12, 2020
Elizabeth Hammond $50.00 November 12, 2020
Anonymous $100.00 November 10, 2020
Jenny Cameron $50.00 November 02, 2020
David Poraj-Wilczynski $250.00 October 29, 2020
Lesley Connors $500.00 October 25, 2020
Anonymous $20.00 October 24, 2020
Andrew Kent $1,000.00 October 21, 2020
Andrew Kent $1,000.00 October 21, 2020
Sarah Gray $30.00 October 20, 2020
Louise Mamarbachi $150.00 October 19, 2020
Amanda Clarke $100.00 October 17, 2020
Olivia Orr $100.00 October 15, 2020
Colm & Fiona OBrien $100.00 October 14, 2020
Pat Oakes Leighwood $1,000.00 October 12, 2020
Helen Fraser $100.00 October 09, 2020
Lochie Rankin $1,000.00 October 06, 2020
Marina McIntyre $50.00 October 04, 2020
James Orford $100.00 October 04, 2020
Anonymous $1,000.00 October 03, 2020
Jo Townsend $100.00 October 03, 2020
Christopher Kelly $100.00 October 02, 2020
Charlie Angela $100.00 October 02, 2020
Charlotte Colbert $500.00 October 02, 2020
Antonia Robertson $100.00 October 02, 2020
Jess Connors $5,000.00 October 02, 2020
Lauren Sumner $100.00 October 01, 2020
Hannah Connors $100.00 October 01, 2020
Natiah Reid $20.00 October 01, 2020
Sophie Connors $500.00 October 01, 2020
Sarah Aschbrenner $200.00 September 30, 2020
Charlotte Ring $100.00 September 30, 2020
Emily Burkle $150.00 September 30, 2020
Kate Aschbrenner $500.00 September 30, 2020
Charles Glass $100.00 September 30, 2020