Brave Dagenham cancer fighter, Kacie Clough, 3, has died

Three-year-old Dagenham toddler Kacie Clough, who was battling an aggressive form of cancer, died yesterday.

Kacie, of Heathway, was due to receive costly and potentially life saving treatment in Germany after generous people donated thousands of pounds.

Tributes have poured in for the youngster on a Facebook tribute page. Mandy Newley wrote: “Such a beautiful little girl my heart goes out to your family. R.I.P xxx,” and Julie McWilliams said: “This beautiful little girl touched my heart. What a brave little fighter, always smiling.”

Kacie was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in December last year and was given a 60 per cent chance of survival.

After 70 rounds of chemotherapy and a stem transplant, tests showed her bone marrow was free from cancer, but the youngster relapsed and last month doctors revealed the disease had returned.

They said the toddler could receive treatment to help prolong her life but nothing could be done to cure her.

Kacie’s mum Karen Moore, of Heathway, found out about an alternative treatment called Rist therapy in Greifswald, Germany, which involves chemotherapy and antibody therapy. Together with charity Families Against Neuroblastoma she began a campaign to raise �300,000 to cover the costs of the treatment.

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Hundreds of people have since donated and held fundraising events to support the campaign and one business man, Dyno-Rod founder Jim Zockoll, pledged �143,000.

The money raised will now go to another family with a child battling the childhood cancer or to neuroblastoma research.