A big-hearted community is rallying round to make the dreams of a young cancer sufferer from the Braes come true.
Ashlee Easton from Brightons was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in February this year and has spent most of the time since in Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow receiving treatment.
Because the symptoms of this type of cancer are vague it was not detected until Ashlee was at Stage 4, a high risk category, after she began complaining of sore tummies and leg pains.
The seven-year-old recently underwent a round of chemotherapy, but cannot receive an operation to remove the cancerous tumour until her bone marrow clears and her parents, Lisa (40) and Donald (46), are now simply praying for the best.
Lisa said: “We have to wait for the surgery so there is still a long way to go.
“We have spent most of the year in Yorkhill because every time she gets a temperature she is back in, but she has been amazing throughout it all, really brave, and she has made us all proud.
“We’re trying to keep things as normal as possible and we are very grateful for all the support we’ve had from everyone. It has helped us very much. It is every parent’s worst nightmare for something like this to happen and I’ve given up work as a childminder for the time being. But she was home for Christmas and we made sure it was a great one.”
Ashlee, who has an older brother Jayden, is a pupil at Wallacestone Primary School and staff and pupils there have been raising money through various events and have pledged the cash to send the family to Disneyland in Florida.
Lisa added: “All the children and staff have been involved in organising things. Instead of the teachers and staff giving each other a present for a ‘Secret Santa’ they put the money into the collection they are doing. The school has been absolutely amazing to us.”