A young cancer survivor is battling the illness again after two years of remission by raising money for new trials as she endures her treatment.
Ashlee Easton (9), from Brightons, was first diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2013 and following treatment in 2014, which included a stem cell transplant, she recovered and returned to a normal life.
However, the family received devastating news at the start of the summer holidays this year when routine scans showed the cancer had returned in her shoulder and a small area above kidney meaning she is now undergoing more invasive treatment.
Mum Lisa said: “We were devastated to learn that Ashlee had relapsed with Neuroblastoma after being free of disease for almost two years. She had been feeling really well.
“She was upset at the thought of losing her hair for a second time so we suggested trying to make something positive out of it and she would have a sponsored head shave before she lost her hair, donating the money to Neuroblastoma UK.”
Neuroblastoma UK is currently trying to raise £100,000 throughout Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September to fund desperately required new trials which could help find a cure as well as offer kinder treatments for sufferers.
Thanks to friends and family rallying round for the cause, the Eastons have so far raised almost £4000.
To donate on Ashlee’s online page visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/Ashlee-Easton.
Touching hearts across the world
When Ashlee was first diagnosed with her illness, pals at her school, Wallacestone primary, got together to raise money for the family to help them get through the dark times.
They raised thousands of pounds to pay for the family to go on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Disney Land in Florida when she recovered and the family enjoyed the trip in September last year.
After hearing about her plight on The Falkirk Herald’s website, New York businessman Bart McDade, originally from Camelon, pledged $5000 to the Wallacestone pupils’ fund, which raised over £10,000 in the end.
To find out more about Neuroblastoma UK and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk.