A little Roberstown girl, who has been battling a rare form of brain cancer, is preparing to undergo radiation treatment as the fund rasing to fund her hospital bill continues.
Six year-old Leah Taaffe is attending Crumlin Children’s Hospital under the supervision of team of doctors from London.
Family and friends are trying to reach a target of E250,000 and groups, schools and communities across Kildare have put in a huge effort to raise money. Last week, the Holy Family Transition Year students in Newbridge held a stay awake-a-thon on Thursday May 9. On May 31, there will be a Do It for Leah Dance night in the Hazel Hotel, Monasterevin. On June 7, Clane GAA is hosting a Zumbathon with Leanne at 7.30pm. There will be an adult zumba and a kiddies zumbathon.
The Taaffe family have been hearted by the response of the public. Just last week, Carphone Warehouse gave Leah a present of a phone.
More events are planned including a fancy dress disco run by the Curragh Youth Project at 4pm on May 17. On May 31, there will be a Shave or Dye/Wax night at Carbury GAA Hall. There will be a sponsored sky dive at the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue on June 14 and Judge Roy Beans in Newbridge will 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 on June 16 along with friends while Bernice Halpin leads a group on July 27.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If Leah is unable to undergo further treatment, all funds raised will be donated to the children’s cancer unit at Crumlin Hospital. Her family have been overwhelmed by the huge swell of support shown.
- Niamh O’Donoghue