Seriously ill Dagenham toddler will get life saving treatment abroad thanks generous donors
A seriously ill Dagenham girl will receive life-saving treatment in Germany thanks to generous donors, among them a businessman who pledged �143,000.
The family of three-year-old Kacie Clough, who is suffering from an aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma, have raised �150,000 in the past few weeks - enough to provide the first rounds of costly treatment not available in the UK.
Yesterday one donor, businessman tycoon and founder of Dyno-Rod, Jim Zockoll, pledged �143,000 towards the campaign, which was launched last month and has been publicised in the Post and the Evening Standard.
Kacie's mum Karen Moore says she is overwhelmed by Mr Zockoll's and other people's generosity. She added "We appreciate this so much and would like to thank everybody who has donated. It means a huge amount."
But the mother-of-three says more funds are still needed: "This will pay for the start of her treatment but she may well need more, so I'd like to ask everyone to keep on donating to make sure Kacie gets better. Our aim is to raise �300,000"
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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.
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They said the toddler could receive treatment to help prolong her life but nothing could be done to cure her.
Karen, of Heathway, says Kacie's only hope is to receive Rist therapy in Greifswald, Germany, which involves chemotherapy and antibody therapy.
Linza Corp, whose charity Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN) is backing the campaign and managing the funds, said the treatment has already achieved fantastic results for a number of other UK children suffering Neuroblastoma:
"There was one girl who was so ill she was only given a few days to live", she explained. "She received the treatment in Germany and a year on is now back in school and doing really well. So this money has given Kacie a real fighting chance."
Mr Zockoll's donation is the biggest the nation-wide charity has ever received. Any money raised and not used for Kacie's treatment will go towards other youngsters fighting the childhood cancer or to help neuroblastoma research.
To donate to Kacie's appeal go to bmycharity.com/kaciecloughappeal. Kacie appeal wristbands can be bought by calling Karen on 07925025938.
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