R6k more needed to help brave child battling rare cancer

Johannesburg - Despite the odds given to six-year-old Layla O'Neill, she's survived four years more than doctors initially thought.

Layla is one of about 700 people in the world with a rare cancer called Ependymoma.

She was diagnosed when she was two years old after tumours were found on her spine and at the base of her brain stem. 

Treatment to save her life, has cost her the use of her legs, and Layla can no longer walk. Still, even with her walking disability, this young child continues to stay positive about her condition.

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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.

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Girl with rare cancer pulls through

Lonehill, Johannesburg - Layla O Neil is one of 700 people in the world who as a rare case of cancer called Ependymoma. She was diagnosed several years ago and has endured tumours in her spine and the base of her brain stem.

On Saturday, Layla will be turning six and to celebrate how far she's made it -- despite several surgeries and many months in hospital -- Ependymoma Angels will be hosting a party at Lappie Park in Lonehill.

Coincidently, World Ependymoma Day also falls on Saturday.

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