‘We need you to act to lead to change’ – Ilford North MP’s column on Kaleigh’s Trust
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Kaleigh is a six-year-old girl who lives in my constituency of Ilford North.
She is a bright, energetic girl who has the same interests as her friends – namely dancing, swimming and being a princess.
Sadly, unlike her friends Kaleigh has been diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare type of brain tumour which mostly affects children.
Tragically, there is currently no cure for this type of tumour.
In the face of this devastating challenge, Kaleigh’s parents, Scott and Yang, have thrown themselves into a campaign to improve funding for research into brain tumours generally and specifically DIPG.
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The Kaleigh bears have become symbols of this campaign, and one resides proudly in my office in Westminster where I have been encouraging other Members of Parliament to have photos and tweet their support to raise awareness.
A number of high profile celebrities have been touched by Kaleigh’s story and the determination of her family and have given their support.
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- 7 Jailed: Men who laundered £25m from cash and carry warehouses
- 8 Two more police 'enforcement hubs' to open in Redbridge
- 9 Six cars damaged and lamppost felled in late-night Loxford crash
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However, that support needs you to act if it will lead to change.
By either donating to Kaleigh’s Trust, or signing the Parliamentary Petition that the family have set up, you can help to support efforts to improve funding for research so that future generations can be given a chance to fight this deeply saddening illness.