Team Skyla

$13,343 donated
Given by 185 generous donors in around 5 months

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

Carmen Michie's involvement (page creator)

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.

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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.

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Latest donations

Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 15 Dec 2015
Best wishes to you, Skyla, and your family. Your friend, Bailey, told me about you and your fight. Stay strong and laugh when you can....
Tauranga Glitz & Glamour Charity Ball
Tauranga Glitz & Glamour Charity Ball on 04 Dec 2015
We are a couple of friends who saw a need in our community for families living with life threatening diseases and decided to get together and arrange a Charity Ball. We had a wonderful response for support from local businesses and even a very generous donation all the way from the USA! We selected 5 Local Families to benefit from the proceeds and Skyla was one of them. We wish you and your family all the very best Skyla :0) Praying for a miracle <3
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Guest Donor on 21 Oct 2015
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 05 Oct 2015
Amazing to see so much positivity & love, what an amazing atmosphere for precious Skyla. We wish you all the best for the future & will continue to send all the positive vibes, strength & courage that we can (= Keep up the great work Skyla, you are so brave & such an inspiration to so many people. x0x0x0x0x0
Kids to Five Vardon
Kids to Five Vardon on 01 Oct 2015
We held a special fund raising day for Skyla and our families donated to help you and your family. Thinking of you at this hard time. Kids to Five Vardon Team/Families

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