Robertstown’s Leah to travel to UK for treatment

There's good news for Leah Taaffe who is pictured here with Katie Taylor.
The Taaffe family were delighted this week with the news that a team of top UK medics are confident of treating their six year old daughter.

The Taaffe family were delighted this week with the news that a team of top UK medics are confident of treating their six year old daughter.

Little Leah was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last November. However, the chemo did not have the desired impact at Crumlin Hospital and the Robertstown family desperately tried to find alternative treatment.

They set up the Princess Leah Fund to look at getting Leah to Boston for pioneering treatment. However, this week the little girl’s aunt, Kym Kelly explained that a specialist in the UK, who used to work at St. Jude’s in Boston has looked into her case.

“She may go to Great Ormond Street. We don’t know yet but they are confident they can treat her,” she said.

Kym thanked the public for their support and to those who organised the various fundraisers organised over the past month.

She stressed last weekend’s coffee morning at the Bellyard Pub in Monasterevin was a fantastic success raising n2,793.

Kym also praised the girls’ school in Clane for their donation of N1,000 and Clogherinkoe GFC for their cheque for E750.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped out and we are urging any businesses or companies out there to help by holding a coffee morning or any type of fundraiser,” said Kym.

This week the fundraisers that are taking place include a coffee morning at the Townhouse Hotel, Naas on Friday March 8 from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome and there will be face painting for kids.

On Saturday March 9 Judge Roy Bean’s in Newbridge hosts the 64oz Steak challenge. Bull Hurley and Stephen Bagnall will try eat this in under 1 hour. The fun kicks off at 8pm and all support is welcome.

In Athboy Macra Hall, there will be a coffee morning on Sunday March 10 from 12pm.

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 the treatment, all funds raised will be donated to the children’s cancer unit at Crumlin Hospital.

- Niamh O’Donoghue