Community urged to help Woodford Green girl Kaleigh Lau with severe brain tumour
PUBLISHED: 14:12 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:12 07 November 2017
The parents of a seven-year-old girl with an incurable brain tumour are hoping that she will be able to travel abroad for vital treatment next week.
In April last year, Kaleigh Lau of Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green, was told she had Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a very rare and aggressive tumour.
Since then she began to suffer double vision, unbalanced walking and her left hand became very weak.
Earlier this year, she started travelling to Mexico every month with her family, to try and find a way of halting the tumour through a pioneering treatment.
In June, Scott Lau, Kaleigh’s father told the Recorder that her progress had been very impressive, adding that she had regained strength to a point that she could play on the monkey bars.
But last week, she was exposed to chicken pox and now the family are now hoping that it hasn’t also infected Kaleigh.
They were initially planning to travel abroad again on Thursday, November 9, but the next round of treatment has been delayed to next Tuesday, whilst they wait to see what happens.
Scott said: “She seems to be doing well.
“The doctors quickly got together to give Kaleigh an injection last Friday morning and medicine.
“So now, we’ll just wait and see what happens over the weekend.”
Currently Kaleigh is keeping up her spirits well, despite struggling with her balance, and attends school for half a day every day at Ray Lodge Primary School.
In order to boost funds for more treatment, which costs £15,000 per trip, Scott and Yang Lau are holding a fundraising event at Yi-Ban restaurant, at the Royal Albert Dock on Saturday, November 18.
The event, which is hosted by Chef Ching He-Huang, will see performances from X-Factor contestant Andy Abrahams and soul singer Kenny Thomas, whose daughter Christina has the same condition.
There will be a raffle and auction on the night, including a full set of signed snooker balls and cues donated by Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ed Sheeran tickets, a bespoke suit and football memorabilia.
There will also be a 10k run at the Sikhs In The City running club, Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge, on November 26.
A petition calling on the government to fund research into pediatric brain cancer & earlier access to experimental drugs can be found here: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200017