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Woodford Green school rallies behind ‘special little lady’ in fight against brain tumour

PUBLISHED: 16:05 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:05 20 July 2016

ILF CN Children from Ray Lodge Primary School raise money after a pupil was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer

ILF CN Children from Ray Lodge Primary School raise money after a pupil was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer

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Children and teachers of a young girl diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour have rallied together to raise money for her treatment.

In April, six-year-old Kaleigh Lau and her parents were told she had Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a very rare and aggressive tumour in her brain.

Last week Kaleigh was handed a cheque for £3,651.31 at Ray Lodge Primary School, Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green.

Kaleigh, together with the school, wanted to raise awareness about the condition, which primarily affects children between five and 10.

Headteacher Amanda Jennings said: “Kaleigh is a very special little lady who is fighting a terrible disease and together we wanted to how our support for her and her family by doing some of the things Kaleigh loves the most – dancing, learning, the colour pink and smiling!

“We hope that people will read Kaleigh’s story and sign the petition for the government to fund more research into DIPG brain tumours, which are almost always fatal.

“No child, no family should have to fight the battle that Kaleigh is fighting.”

A child in the UK is diagnosed with DIPG every nine days, but just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours.

Youngsters raised the money through activities including singing, dancing, walking and playing.

The sign the petition, visit petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131556. For more visit kaleigh.ethanet.co.uk.


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