‘The Unknown Upside’ captures Isabella Lombardo’s journey to walk so far and shows where we’ve come from. 

It shows our relentless quest to see Isabella walk someday, and grapples with the tough questions we face as parents about whether or not we’re making the right choices for our child. You’ll feel the anguish and joy, and we hope be inspired.

What we are part of now is something so much bigger than ourselves.
The Unknown Upside is opening new doors, new conversations, new connections, and a new future for our kids!

Directed by Timothy Skinner from the MEDIA Square 
Cinematography: David J Rubie and Courtney Holmes

The Unknown Upside is so much more than a documentary…
Join us at the world premiere in Sydney 

Book Tickets
Libby helps you find the upside in her soon to be released book – The Unknown Upside.

Entrepreneur Libby Lombardo was just like any other smitten Aussie mum, riding high on love for her newborn daughter Isabella – until a routine check-up changed her life forever.

Her spirited, sparkly girl was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and destined for a life in pain, confined to a wheelchair. But the Lombardo family had other ideas…

In the soon to be released book, Libby shares her extraordinary tale of crossing over into the unknown world of special needs parenting. Raw, honest and even outrageous, Libby tells the truth about the emotional rollercoaster of adjusting to her family’s new reality, battling mainstream medicine so that Isabella will one day take her first independent steps.

to Hear when it’s released… Join our mailing list below.
Help Isabella’s dream to walk become a reality.

Isabella dreams of being able to walk on her own one day. For now, that dream that seems possible, but far away. It is a dream that inspires us and we are using every resource available to see her dream come true.

So far, Isabella has undergone SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) by the best surgeon in the world which saw her mobility increase dramatically, her pain alleviated and her confidence boosted. Since then, she has received stem-cell therapy in Mexico and put in hundreds of pain-staking hours into physical therapy.

Together, we have travelled the world to work with the best and this needs to continue 4 days a week, every week to help make her dreams reality.

So many people who meet Isabella are captivated by her spirit and resilience, often asking how they can help.

In partnership with The Rotary Club Australia, The Isabella Lombardo Foundation has been set up to provide transparent accountability for all donations received. All contributions are tax-deductible in Australia and very much appreciated.

Rotary Australia Project: 28-2016-17 Isabella’s Journey to Walk (RACG)

Exciting things are in the works for 2019!

We’ll be launching The Upside Foundation to inspire hope and resilience and to pave the way for a future of possibilities for kids with Cerebral Palsy.

Join us on this exciting journey!