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Daya’s journey

£395,186 donated

Daya is a fun loving 22-month-old toddler, who is smiley, cheeky, strong and resilient.

When she was just eleven months old, Daya was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive cancer, after a huge mass was discovered in her abdomen. Further tests confirmed that the cancer had spread quickly to her lymphatic system and bones.

After eight rounds of chemotherapy and countless nights in hospital with complications and infections in between rounds, Daya’s parents were told that the main tumour was inoperable due to its highly dangerous position.

It meant Daya went through a ninth round of high-dose chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. One of the most challenging phases in her treatment schedule, Daya was confined to an isolation room at hospital for six weeks.

She’s already been battling cancer for over half her little life and has spent the majority of this time away from her family.

Daya’s mum, Pamela says: “Watching your child suffer through round after round of chemotherapy and its awful side effects is excruciating and any parent’s worst nightmare.”

It all means that Daya’s family has looked overseas.

Daya’s travelling to New York!

Thanks to the incredible response and overwhelming support for Daya, the urgent appeal has hit its target of £362,000! Your donations mean Daya will access potentially life-saving surgery in late September. If successful, the surgery will increase the chances that Daya can live a life free from neuroblastoma.

The operation at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is being performed by a world-leading surgeon who specialises in the most difficult to remove tumours.

But Daya’s campaign is being kept open in case she needs additional treatment after surgery, to prevent relapse or get back into remission. That possible treatment may not be available through NHS funding and could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Her parents, Pamela and Anupreet say: “Daya’s name means compassion and kindness. We chose that name in the hope that its values would give her guidance as she journeyed through life.  We had no idea that she would herself become the focus of so much kindness and generosity from so many people at such a tender age.

“We have been bowled over by the response to our campaign already and the amazing generosity of friends, colleagues, and even complete strangers. The NHS has been fantastic since the diagnosis; the doctors and nurses have been real heroes for us, but we know that Daya’s future treatment options are limited. We will do whatever we can to give Daya the best chance of life, and through Solving Kids’ Cancer we want to help as many other families as possible in their struggle against neuroblastoma.”

 

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Daya’s fundraising campaign

As Daya’s family know neuroblastoma is an aggressive and complex cancer to treat. In May 2018, doctors advised that Daya’s primary tumour is inoperable. They successfully raised £362,000 for surgery in New York to remove the remaining neuroblastoma tumour. The operation at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is being performed by a world-leading surgeon and will give her the best chance of beating the disease.

But Daya’s campaign is being kept open in case she needs additional treatment after surgery, to prevent relapse or get back into remission. That possible treatment may not be available through NHS funding and could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The family wants to help as many other children as possible; if Daya does not use the funds for treatment, all money raised will go to Solving Kids’ Cancer and their charitable work in funding research and supporting other families against neuroblastoma.

How you can help

There are many ways you can help Daya: by making a personal donation; holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge; or simply following and sharing Daya’s story through her Facebook page, Twitter profile, Instagram page or on Pamela’s blog.

Download our free Daya resources (below) to support your fundraising, and click here for even more resources, including fundraising ideas, templates and guidance.

Campaign Poster

Event Poster Template

Sponsorship Form

You can make a donation via this page, or if you’d prefer to text donate, text DYAM55 and your amount £1 – £10 to 70070. If you’d like help supporting Daya’s campaign, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 0207 284 0800 and fundraising@solvingkidscancer.org.uk.

Terms and Conditions for Journeys

All donations are paid into Solving Kids’ Cancer’s (SKC) general funds to further its general charitable purposes. The funds raised by this Journey are not restricted for the child’s use. However, the trustees of SKC have agreed to designate 90% of funds raised by this Journey to help the child and their family pay for potential future treatment costs and all other associated costs including travel and accommodation. We will use the remaining 10% to pay for SKC’s administrative and fundraising costs.

If the child no longer needs the funds, or if the trustees decide, at their absolute discretion, that the funds should be used for a different purpose, they may redesignate all or part of the 90% for SKC general charitable purposes. We are very grateful for your charitable donation.

For further information about SKC and how we spend donations, please contact info@solvingkidscancer.org.uk

Solving Kids' Cancer Europe a registered charity no. 1135601 and registered company no. 7208648.

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