FRIENDS and supporters of the Princess Leah Fund are outraged at a sick Facebook page which was set up to falsely announce the little six-year-old had passed away.
Little Leah Taaffe, who is fighting a rare form of brain cancer, is currently undergoing another term of chemo in Crumlin Hospital under the guidance of doctors from a private clinic in London.
The fundraising campaign to pay for the Robertstown girl’s treatment continues around the county. Last Thursday things took a sinister twist when an anonymous Facebook page was set up, enitled RIP Princess Leah. It is understood it only remained active for an hour before it was closed down by the person who created the profile.
Friends and family believe this was done deliberately and not in error. Emails were also sent out from this Facebook page to some people who had organised fundraising events.
“It happened on Thursday night,” said Leah’s aunt, Kym Kelly, who has been spearheading the campaign, “I was at a concert and I received 28 missed calls and 68 text messages from people who were wondering what had happened.”
“It’s absolutely devastating for the family. They are going through so much without having to deal with this. It’s such a low thing to do, she is just a little six-year-old girl who is very ill. It is sick.”
Kym said the family were determined to rise above this kind of behaviour and the fight for Leah’s life continues. She stressed doctors in London are positive about her treatment.
Meanwhile, this Wednesday March 20, Scoil Mhuire, Clane is holding a teachers versus students charity football match in aid of the Princess Leah Fund. On Friday 22 Sarsfield GAA in Newbridge is the venue for a modified car show from 9am onwards. There will also be a bag pack in Dunnes Stores this weekend.
The recent coffee morning in Graces pub, Naas raised E1,800 and Athboy have also held a number of events. The Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue have donated four parachute jumps to Leslie and Ray Kelly, Shane Taaffe and Donna Meehan-Coleman in aid of the Princess Leah Fund. To get involved, contact Kym on firstname.lastname@example.org.