S.Africans fund child's rare cancer treatment
Johannesburg - A little girl is counting down the days before she travels to India for Cyber Knife and Radiation therapy to treat her rare form of cancer.
Layla O' Neill was diagnosed with Ependymoma on the 17th May 2013. Since then, she has lost the use of her legs as cancerous tumours continue to grow on her spinal chord. The feisty youngster, however, is anything but paralysed in spirit. She continues to fight for the chance to live.
Layla's condition is so rare that approximately 700 people in the world are living with the condition.
Recently, cricket legend Clive Rice, who recently passed away from septicemia at a Cape Town hospital also received the treatment for a cancerous brain tumour that he had. According to his son Mark, the treatment was extremely successful and Mr. Rice did not die from any complications relating to it. His wife, Susan, took to her Facebook page to address misinformation regarding her husband's death. She said: "We however would like to clear something up, and know that Clive would have wanted this said, as it gives, and should give people hope as well as another option to fighting cancer. The CYBERKNIFE treatment that Clive had in India WORKED."
Meanwhile, Layla's mom, Sharyn, says her daughter needs R400,000 for the chance to live. So far, around R150,000 has been raised through the donations of ordinary citizens and big corporate companies.
A Facebook page is up and running for anyone wanting to share support, raise hope or find out more on how to get involved in this cause. Sharyn says Layla will need to have blood transfusions and tests done. It's believed she will also be receiving chemotherapy.
Details for donating:
Ependy Angels Npc
Bank : investec bank limited
Ref : Layla India
Cash payments :
Bank : ABSA