GRAVELY ill six-year-old Leah Taaffe met her hero last week when Olympic boxing champ Katie Taylor dropped by to visit her at Crumlin Hospital.
The visit gave the Robertstown girl, who is battling a rare form of brain cancer, a great boost.
Meanwhile, family and friends have lined up a number of fundraisers to get the little girl the lifesaving treatment she needs. Leah was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer last November and just over a week ago, her family were told the chemotherapy was not having the desired impact.
A massive fundraising drive was launched as people rowed in from all over the county to help get Leah to a Boston hospital.
There are fears she may not be able to fly because of the location of her tumour, however at the moment, things are still on track for the treatment.
Her aunt, Kym Kelly explained;”Leah is still getting the chemotherapy and she will have her next MRI scan in March, then we will see what the options are.”
Leah lives in Robertstown with her mum Sabrina, dad Johnny and brother Jordan (10).
Last weekend, well known medium Bernie Stokes cleared her schedule to host a special night in Allenwood Hall on February 9. Several other events are in the pipeline with a Bake off planned for this Thursday February 14 in Neilsen Company in Citywest and on Saturday 16 a kiddies disco has been organised in Rathangan.
There will be a fundraiser in the Milltown Inn at 8pm on Saturday 16 and a table quiz in Graces in Naas on Wednesday 20. A vintage tractor run is being planned for February 24. A motorbike rally has been pencilled in for 1pm on February 17. It will leave Welds in Robertstown and make its way through Prosperous, Clane, Sallins, Naas, Newbridge, Kildare, Monasterevin, Rathangan and Allenwood.
There will be collectors following the cavalcade before it makes its way back to Welds where Leah’s aunt, Kym, who is also a singer, will perform later that evening.
Newbridge Hotspurs Football Club and Clongory F.C have also joined forces to organise a soccer game at 3pm on Sunday February 17 at the Newbridge grounds on the Rickardstown Road (across from Rosconnell Estate). The players will also be dressing in ladies clothes. Admission to the game will be E5.
A sponsored sky dive is also being planned by family friends from Robertstown and further afield. Donation buckets have also been placed in businesses in Newbridge and other towns.
Kym said the family have been overwhelmed with the response with one man from England even organising an event and donations have been received from as far away as Canada.
People can make a donation by logging on to www.idonate.ie/princessleahfund
For further information on any fundraising event or if you want to organise your own fundraiser log on to the facebook page Princess Leah Fund or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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