It was just after Christmas 2016 when we noticed our normally mischievous little girl was not herself – high temperatures, fl u like symptoms
We initially thought it was just a cold, but it seemed to get worse so we went to the doctors only to be told: ‘Your child is fi ne, just fl u go home’. It was progressively getting worse, with constant visits to the doctors to no avail. Eventually we booked Isla in to see a private doctor in Brentwood. We went in and straight away he thought he felt a lump in Isla’s stomach and we were asked to attend an ultrasound a few days later.
They told us that Isla had Neuroblastoma, a highly dangerous child cancer. Our lives from then changed dramatically. We were moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital, and then the news got even worse; Isla was also becoming sicker by the day. The cancer had spread all over our beautiful daughter’s body, with over 95 per cent bone coverage.
They started chemotherapy. We were fortunate to get randomly selected for an American-trial chemotherapy and Isla started this immediately. Isla has fought this disease all the way and now we enter the next stage of her treatment – radiotherapy for two months and then six months of immunotherapy.
We are trying to raise £192k to get Isla a vaccine in New York that can prevent her cancer relapsing, as it does in so many children. We are humbly grateful for any help we receive. Our family have been lifelong West Ham supporters and know West Ham supporters are the best in the world.
If you wish to donate please visit www. justgiving.com/crowdfunding/islacaton