Hopes and prayers with Taaffe family

Best wishes from all over Kildare and surrounding counties were sent to six-year-old Leah Taaffe who started radiation treatment at St. Lukes hospital yesterday, Monday May 20.

Best wishes from all over Kildare and surrounding counties were sent to six-year-old Leah Taaffe who started radiation treatment at St. Lukes hospital yesterday, Monday May 20.

The little Roberstown girl, who is battling a rare form of brain cancer, will recieve the treatment every day for four weeks.

“Leah is in great form. As her family, we are naturally worried and very scared about this treatment. It is a very scary thing to face, especially when we have never seen it before.

“However, as always, we remain positive and will help Leah in this next step to recovery,” said her aunt, Kym.

The family thanked everyone for their support including all the donations, prayers and best wishes recieved from all over Ireland and futher afield.

Since Leah’s diagnosis late last year, she has received chemotherapy at Crumlin hospital.

She is now under the supervision of team of doctors from London. Family and friends are trying to reach a target of €250,000 to pay for her treatment and groups, schools and communities across Kildare have put in a huge effort to raise money. More events are planned over the coming weeks.

“Last week, the special surprise guest at the Curragh disco was Leah and the kids put candles on a cake and sang happy birthday to her as she thought it was her party. Thanks to the Canning family,” said Kym.

One of the upcoming events is “Lets Do it for Leah” at the Hazel Hotel at 9pm on May 31.

This will be a club night with podium dancers, drinks promos and lots more. Tickets cost €10 if bought in advance. Admission on the night costs €15.

The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon takes place on June 3 with a Princess Leah team taking part. All sponsorship cards are to be returned to Kym Kelly or Donna Meehan by June 12.

Meanwhile, this year’s Nitrogen Festival at the Village Pump, Rathangan will be run in aid of the Princess Leah Fun.

It takes place on June 2 and 3 and performers on Saturday night include Rusted, The Academic, and Black Moon Harvest. Sunday’s line up features Tod Doyle & The Troubled, VB & The Spirit Merchants, and The Valves. Entry costs €5 per night and music commences at 8pm.

Also on the June Bank Holiday weekend, the funds from the Sarsfield GAA nutrition assessment for healthy living and weight loss on June 3 will be donated to the fund. This costs €5 per person.

There will be a sponsored sky dive at the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue on June 14, while Judge Roy Beans in Newbridge is planning to hold another Princess Leah night on June 21.

Another sky dive, involving family members and friends takes place on July 27. A family fun day is planned to co-incide with the jump. Other volunteer jumpers include Tracey Phelan, Bernice Halpin and friends.

People can make a donation by logging on to www.idonate.ie/princessleahfund.

For further information, log on to the Facebook page Princess Leah Fund or email kymkellymusic@gmail.com

If Leah is unable to undergo further treatment, all funds raised will be donated to the children’s cancer unit at Crumlin Hospital.

- Niamh O’Donoghue