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Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust
Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust
Biff's Battle

Biff's Battle

Why we need your help

Biff's Battle

On the 3rd January 2017, siblings Ella, Lucy and Johnny were delighted to welcome a new baby sister into the world. Elizabeth (or Biff as she is often called) was born on 3rd January 2017, a happy and healthy little girl.

At 4 months of age, she started becoming constipated and a bit unsettled, then one evening, her mother noticed a slight fullness on one side of her tummy.

Three weeks after first developing symptoms, Biff was found to have a large tumour on her kidney. She underwent a 7 hour major surgery to remove the tumour. The histology came back as a malignant rhabdoid tumour with evidence of spread to the lymph nodes.

We had a meeting with the consultant, and she explained the poor prognosis. I felt numb and angry and didn’t really believe what they were saying.”  

Her mother, Kathryn described the next few months as a blur of chemotherapy, inpatient stays, transfusions, procedures and investigations.

A diagnosis of cancer in a child does not just affect the child, it affects the whole family. “We loved Christmas day but could not help feeling emotional and worried knowing it could be Elizabeth’s only Christmas.”

Sadly, Christmas 2017 did turn out to be Elizabeth’s first and only Christmas.  In March 2018, Elizabeth became increasingly unsettled and her tummy more swollen. Her parents took her for assessment and on 20th March, she had an ultrasound.

Kathryn and James - Elizabeth's parents, received the news that no parent ever wants to hear.  Elizabeth’s cancer had relapsed in numerous places. There was no effective treatment available so the plan was to keep her as comfortable as possible.

Elizabeth was cared for and kept comfortable at Little Bridge Hospice in Barnstable. She passed away on 14th April 2018 surrounded by her family. Forever 15 months old and having touched so many hearts.

Her parents have decided to set up a named fund in Elizabeth’s memory to honour her and to help other families.

Kathryn said, “My main aim is to fund research to find effective treatments for other children and to support families, like you have for us."

A wonderful way to honour a beautiful little girl.

 

33,879.83

raised so far

33879.83

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Supporters

Becky Jose

The Great West Run- Half Marathon

510.00

Jan 14, 2020

Anonymous

100.00

Jan 14, 2020

Sue MacDonald

With our love. Sue, Stew and Ro xxx

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Jan 12, 2020

Anonymous

200.00

Dec 20, 2019

Nicola

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Dec 19, 2019

Anonymous

145.00

Dec 17, 2019

The Makemson Family

25.00
(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Dec 17, 2019

Debs and Stu

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Dec 04, 2019

Smart family party

220.00

Nov 28, 2019

Sue MacDonald

This was raised earlier in the year by Rowan and Jenny selling biscuits (and anything else they could find in the house) to passers by in Southleigh. Remembering Elizabeth's amazing smile. Sue X

30.00
(plus 7.50 giftaid)

Nov 25, 2019

Anonymous

15.00
(plus 3.75 giftaid)


Donation summary

Total raised so far

33,879.83

Total plus Gift Aid 34,759.26
Direct donations

7,344.83

Fundraising pages

500.00

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