‘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.
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.
- 1 New documentary on murders of women whose bodies were hidden in freezer
- 2 'Government should rethink their plans': Masks still required on TfL
- 3 Men jailed for using explosives in string of ATM thefts
- 4 Bus timetable change to 'better align' with hospital shifts
- 5 Ex football boss sets up fans club to increase diversity at England games
- 6 Young Citizen: Teen nominated after revealing Covid fight to inspire jabs
- 7 Plan B measures to be scrapped across England
- 8 Senior councillor: Boost high streets by scrapping business rates
- 9 Burial and cremation fees rise at City of London Cemetery and Crematorium
- 10 An afternoon you will remember: Alcohol-free comedy club returns to east London
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.