Princess Leah’s radiation treatment underway

Leah's grandparents, Liz and Ray Kelly receive a cheque for the Princess Leah Fund from the Ballyshannon Club.
The first week of little Leah Taaffe’s cancer radiation treatment has progressed very well, according to the Robertstown girl’s family.

The first week of little Leah Taaffe’s cancer radiation treatment has progressed very well, according to the Robertstown girl’s family.

The six-year-old is battling a rare form of brain cancer and is continuing her treatment at St. Luke’s Hospital in Dublin under the guidance of a team of doctors from London. Her aunt Kym Kelly informed the Leader that the radiation period has now been extended from four to six weeks. She said the six-year-old was at home for the weekend and was in good spirits.

Meanwhile, the fundraising continues all across Leinster and further afield to fund her treatment.

“Yesterday (Sunday May 26), nanny and grandad Kelly attended Ballyshannon for presentation of their cheque to the Princess Leah fund,” explained Kym. “Thanks to Ballyshannon and Claire Donoghue for their hard work.”

This weekend there is a “Lets Do it for Leah” night at the Hazel Hotel at 9pm on Friday May 31. This will be a club night with podium dancers, Full Monty, drinks promotions and lots more. Tickets cost €10 if bought in advance. Admission on the night costs €15.

The Bank Holiday Saturday and Sunday June 2 and 3 sees the Nitrogen Festival taking place at the Village Pump, Rathangan. Admission is €5 per night.

“Thanks to Lisa Rooney’s Irish Dance students for their princess walk in Kildare Town on Saturday May 25 and also to Vicky Barry School of Dance for their Princess Leah raffle,” added Kym, “The support for Leah has been fantastic.”

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.

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 also be a number of sponsored sky dives at the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue next month.

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.