Update on brave Braes cancer teen Ashlee Easton

A major housebuilder has made a donation to the fund that helped Braes schoolgirl Ashlee Easton receive vital cancer treatment in America.

By Jill Buchanan
Friday, 24th July 2020, 5:51 pm
Updated Friday, 24th July 2020, 5:52 pm

Details of the cash award came as her family revealed they intend to keep the fund open to help other youngsters with cancer.

Barratt Homes staff carried out a number of fundraisers to help six charities in the east of Scotland.

They gave a £1000 donation to Ashlee’s Neuroblastoma Appeal, which was set up to fund the teenager’s treatment in New York.

Ashlee Easton

It aimed to raise £239,000 to allow Ashlee (13), who was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma aged just six, to receive bivalent vaccine in New York which could prevent the cancer from returning.

The Braes High School pupil travelled to the United States days before lockdown began and returned home in May after receiving four doses of vaccine.

She is due to return in September for further treatment.

Writing on social media, her mum Lisa, who along with Ashlee’s dad Donald was with her in New York, revealed that the family intend to keep fundraising to help others.

She said: “We intend to keep Ashlee's fund open to help Solving Kids Cancer, who do an incredible job fighting for our kids and funding much needed research and clinical trials in their mission to find kinder treatments and a cure for all children who are diagnosed with this awful, relentless disease.

"Any remaining funds not used to pay for Ashlee's treatment will be transferred to Solving Kids Cancer after five years. We would be delighted to help in any way we can.”

She also revealed that the youngster had undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy since returning to the family’s Brighton’s home.

Lisa said: “When we met with the doctor in New York he said as Ashlee had relapsed twice in her right shoulder we needed to ensure that she received radiotherapy to this area as it may cause her further issues.

"Our fantastic team in Glasgow arranged for this to happen a few weeks ago, however before her first appointment we received news that a small area of disease was showing active again on her scans in the exact same spot.

"Thankfully radiotherapy was already in place and Ashlee went through eight radiotherapy sessions at the Beatson, the team there were so nice and caring towards us.

"Ashlee had to have a special mould made which pinned her to the table from below her nose to below her shoulders. It wasn't a pleasant experience for her as it was such a tight fit and she felt like she couldn't breathe, thankfully it was over with quickly. The team painted the mould for her with a Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbag to make it seem less intimidating. They were all so kind.”

The teenager also received a few cycles of oral chemotherapy.

She added: “I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every person who has supported us and contributed in some way to raising funds for Ashlee.

"We were so touched that the target of £239,000 had been raised for us returning home, its just incredible.

"At times we thought this target seemed so out of reach, thank you just doesn't seem enough for all that you have done for us, it honestly means the world.”

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