Skyla is 4 years old, has an in operable form of cancer. She and family are staying away from their Tauranga home in Auckland for treatment.
Hi World - We NEED your help!
This gorgeous little girl is Skyla Rose Keating, she's only 4 years old and has just been diagnosed with Difuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG. It is a collection of tumors forming a large indistinct mass around the base of the brain stem, which also affects the main artery to the brain.
Unfortunately surgery is not an option and it is very resistant to Chemotherapy.
This type of cancer is very rare with only 300 cases in the USA and no confirmed statistics in New Zealand.
With surgery and chemotherapy not being options the only choices left are Intensive Radiation therapy under a general anesthetic for 45 days which offers a very limited success rate, and the assistance of outside specialist help.
Time being of the essence, we MUST raise funds to help this family cover the costs for treatments and to assist the immediate family with being able to stay with her. This is about giving Skyla the best they can within a limited time frame.
Skyla is a happy go lucky little girl full of life. She has loving parents, grandparents and family who only want the best for her. She needs our help and the best way for us to make a difference is to make a donation.
Every little bit helps - $1, $5, $10+ it all counts and it will all make a difference. Any funds surplus to requirements will be donated to further research of child cancer.
No one wants to lose a family member or see them go through a debilitating illness, let alone a 4 year old.
Skyla and her family are currently staying in Auckland away from their Tauranga home, which makes things even harder both financially and emotionally.
Please make a donation - it will make a difference, it will help Skyla and it will be gratefully received.
Let's make the future a little brighter for this little bubble of happiness
I am her second cousin and in times like this it is about family and friends coming together to help them get through it the best way possible.
It is not an easy time for Skyla and her family and this is the least we can do to help them.
Treatment days 14 and 15 10 September 2015
What a busy day today, treatment went well this morning as per usual, Skyla was up at five and wanting to head over at 6:30 so she could eat her breakfast, she almost ran up the hill to get there. After treatment we went for a big walk to Newmarket and fed the pigeons at the fountain, Skyla chased them around the square and was too fast for me to keep up, laughing all the way, it was so good to see. We saw two trains too which was very exciting.
Clinic was good and Doctor Steven says he is happy with how she is responding to the radiotherapy.
A very knackered wee girl (and mummy) now, so we're chilling on the couch watching a movie and eating dinner before we both get an early night.