I won’t give up on Kacie says terminal cancer girl’s Dagenham mum
A Dagenham mother who has been told her three-year-old daughter’s cancer is terminal says she will now seek treatment abroad.
Karen Moore says she refuses to give up on little Kacie Clough after doctors said last Friday that her neuroblastoma had spread and the toddler could no longer be cured.
The 27-year-old hopes to send Kacie for treatment overseas but must raise thousands of pounds to make this possible.
Kacie was diagnosed with the final stage of the aggressive form of cancer last December, and given a 60 per cent chance of survival.
She has since had surgery to remove a tumour, a stem cell transplant and numerous rounds of chemotherapy.
In March, the family was told that Kacie’s bone marrow was free of cancer. But on Friday Karen, of Heathway, learnt the cancer had reappeared in the bone of the girl’s right leg and in the bone around her left eye.
Karen said: “They explained that all they could do now was to give her oral chemotherapy to prolong her life. They claim she can’t be cured. This was obviously the news I had been dreading, but I’m not giving up on her.
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“There are trials in Germany and America which have saved other children with neuroblastoma and I am hoping she will be able to get onto one of these. However, they are very expensive.”
The mother-of-three believes she may need to raise about �300,000.
She said: “I am waiting to find out if its possible to get a grant from an organisation in America. But even if I secure that, we’ll still need money for travel and living.
“We’ve collected �1,000 so far so have a long way to go. If Kacie doesn’t receive the treatment, the money we raise will go towards her funeral, though I don’t want to think like that at the moment. I’m determined to make sure she gets better.”
To donate visit www.bmycharity.com/kaciecloughappeal.
A fundraising event with music and a raffle will be held at The Coopers Arms, in High Road, Chadwell Heath from 8pm on Saturday. Tickets cost �5 on the door.
For more details call Karen on 07925 025938.
Neuroblastoma mostly affects under-fives and is one of the deadliest childhood cancers.