Dagenham British legion raises cash for cancer girl
British Legion members threw a fundraiser to help brave three-year-old Kacie Clough receive pioneering cancer treatment in Germany.
Kacie, of The Heathway, Dagenham, is battling neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer which affects just 100 UK children a year.
Members collected �1,900 on Friday night after hearing the �150,000 already pledged for Kacie could only pay for the first rounds of therapy in Greifswald, which is 140 miles north of Berlin.
And on Sunday, a group of runners raised another �4,500 for Kacie by completing eight laps round Barking Park in Longbridge Road.
Dale Bagge, 29, of the legion in Becontree Avenue, said: “I lost my best friend to cancer when I was 12.
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“It’s a good cause. Kacie has no life – she’s only three years old.”
During the evening, Dale shaved his friend Matt Bryant’s hair in a humorous stunt to raise more cash for Kacie.
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Graffiti cleaner Matt, 25, of Bentry Road, Dagenham, said: “I’ve never done it before. I’ve never been a skinhead.
“I thought I would volunteer to raise all the money I can. Kacie deserves the money. She is only three.”
Kacie had 70 rounds of chemo after she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in December last year. The cancer was in remission but doctors found the disease had returned last month.
Kacie’s mum, Karen Moore, hopes to collect another �150,000 to continue paying for the chemo and anti-body treatment, which is not available in the UK.
She said: “Our little princess is just like any other child her age, she loves Peppa Pig and Minnie Mouse and she makes me laugh every day with the funny things she says.
“Kacie has had all the treatment that is on offer in the UK and she has relapsed. Her only hope now is life-saving treatment in Germany.”
To donate to Kacie’s appeal go to www.bmycharity.com/KacieCloughAppeal