Eight-year-old Woodford Green girl passes away after two-year brain tumour battle
PUBLISHED: 19:01 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:07 13 June 2018
Across the globe, tributes are being paid to an eight-year-old Woodford Green girl who has sadly passed away after battling an incurable brain tumour for more than two years.
Kaleigh Lau, of Snakes Lane East passed away peacefully in the company of her family - including her dad Scott, mum Yang, six-year-old brother Carson and grandmother - at around 9.20am on Tuesday, June 12.
Scott said: “We are the proudest parents that you can imagine.
“We were very honoured to have her as our daughter and she has changed so many lives.
“She has taught people to cherish their children and to think of the bigger picture.”
Kaleigh was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in April 2016, after she began to suffer double vision; unbalanced walking and her left hand became very weak.
In 2017, she started travelling to Mexico every month with her family, to try and find a way of halting the tumour through a pioneering treatment.
Her most recent trip was due to take place in May but was be postponed when the Kaleigh fell into a coma, which she remained in for the last six weeks until her passing.
Friends across the globe have reached out to Scott and Yang with messages of support, reporting signs that Kaleigh is in many ways still with us.
“She is showing signs to people around the world, even in Mexico” he said.
He spoke of how one of Kaleigh’s young friends in America, without yet knowing the news, happened to pick up a unicorn necklace Kaleigh had given to her as a gift.
While, after leaving the hospital, Yang found a five pence piece on the ground which reminded her of a toy coin pusher given to Kaleigh as a gift by a family friend.
Scott said: “This showed us that she has already reached her destination and is showing people how her coin pusher works.”
The family are now considering how to use the money raised through their Kaleigh’s Trust fundraising page and want to support families going through the same struggles that they have faced.
They also would like share the knowledge that they have gained supporting Kaleigh to battle DIPG and to help fund more research into the condition by donating to charity Abbie’s Army.
Ilford North MP Wes Streeting set to speak at a celebration of Kaleigh’s life which is being planned to take place coming weeks.
Scott added: “They way he has fought for Kaleigh in Parliament, we are very lucky.”
To donate go to Kaleigh’s Trust go to justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/thebradleyloweryfoundation/kaleighlau