A young girl is diagnosed with cancer. Pals at her school decide to raise money so she can go to Disney World. It leads to over £10,000 being collected for a family who only wanted her to get better.
Ashlee Easton (8) was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in February 2013 and spent most of last year in hospital being treated for the disease through chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.
Her treatment forced the break-up of the Brightons family with mum Lisa (41) giving up her work and living in Yorkshill hospital with her, while dad Donald (47) stayed at home to look after big brother Jayden (10).
At their own initiative, big-hearted pupils at Wallacestone Primary School, with the help of its parent/teacher association PAWS (Parents’ Association Wallacestone School), decided to raise money for Ashlee to go to Disney World in Florida when they were all back together.
And when successful New York businessman Bart McDade, originally from Camelon, heard about the campaign on falkirkherald.co.uk, he and his friends wanted to help out and donated $5000, over £2900, to the cause.
A total of £10,000 was raised which was presented to the family at a special assembly at the school earlier this year.
Ashlee’s cancer battle has touched the hearts of thousands and during her recovery was involved with a fundraising Christmas song called This Christmas with celebrities last year.
The song was by the DreamMaker Foundation, which also arranged for Ashlee to meet Demi Lovato, singer of the Frozen movie track Let It Go, at her concert at the Hydro in Glasgow.
Thankfully, with Ashlee now in remission, the Eastons have at last enjoyed a holiday together in the Magic Kingdom which helped them forget about their recent troubles and be a family.
Lisa said: “We had the most amazing magical time, better than we could ever imagine and we didn’t want the holiday to end. We stayed in a lovely private villa with a pool which we had a hard job trying to get Ashlee out off, actually, she learned to swim there, which was another proud moment for us.
“The kids came off in shock they didn’t know what hit them, however, it didn’t take them long to get the taste for the rides with Ashlee being a little daredevil in the end wanting to sit at the front of the rides with her dad. Myself and Jayden were happy to sit behind them.
“The kids loved looking around the Disney shops and Jayden had us in the Lego shop for hours. We enjoyed a meal at Planet Hollywood, Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex Restaurant, all fantastic experiences.
“We enjoyed every single moment and have lots of special memories we will treasure forever. We are so grateful to the school and Bart McDade for giving us this opportunity.
“It was fantastic to see our little girl have the time of her life after enduring a horrific two years.
“It meant so much to us having a lovely family holiday and forget about our worries for a few weeks.”