Kayla is a very happy and lively three-year-old from Norwich. She loves Minnie Mouse, Frozen, Peppa Pig and all things pink! She adores her big brothers, Riley and Kory, and loves spending time with them. 

In May 2021 Kayla was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer that has a 40-50% chance of long-term survival at diagnosis. 

Kayla’s parents, Stacey and Wayne are asking for your help to raise £221,000 by November 2022 for Kayla to enrol on the bivalent vaccine clinical trial at the Memorial Sloan Cancer Centre in New York that aims to stop her neuroblastoma from coming back. 

Kayla’s Story 

In the weeks leading up to her diagnosis, Kayla had complained of pains in her leg and was struggling to put weight on it so was taken by her parents to A&E. After a few days and some swelling Kayla’s pain wasn’t getting any better so her parents took her back to the hospital for blood tests and an X-ray. 

The following day the family were contacted by the doctor as her bloods had shown she had elevated infection levels. After being seen by multiple doctors, Kayla was admitted onto the children’s ward and taken for an MRI which identified she had malignancy in her bones. It was decided that the next step would be for Kayla to have a bone marrow aspirate. The family returned home for the weekend to try and celebrate Riley’s birthday but were still fearful of what the results would be. 

Going back home not knowing what was happening and trying hard to put a brave face on for our children, especially as it was Riley’s birthday was awful. You never think this would happen to you and have no idea how you are going to manage or cope,” says Stacey. 

On Monday the family headed to Addenbrookes, hoping they would be able to return home the same day. Sadly, as they had feared the results were not good. They received the devastating news that their beautiful three-year-old daughter had cancer. 

“Monday the 17th of May our world came crashing down and we were hit with the news that Kayla had cancer. We struggled to make sense of it all. We were scared and confused, and our hearts were shattered, but we knew we had to stay strong for our three children,” says mum Stacey. 

On Wednesday 19th May it was confirmed that Kayla had stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma and she started aggressive frontline treatment straight away. 

 

Treatment so far 

Kayla has been so brave throughout her months of treatment. Since her diagnosis, she has endured chemotherapy, surgery, high dose chemotherapy, stem cell retrieval and radiotherapy.

She has just begun 5 cycles of immunotherapy which is the final phase of frontline treatment and will last around 6 months.

“Kayla has amazed us every step of the way. She takes everything in her stride and has the strength of an ox and courage like no other. She is such a happy little girl. She has adapted to having to spend lots of time in hospital but really misses her dad and her big brothers,” says Stacey. 

Fundraising campaign 

Kayla’s parents are asking for your support to help raise £221,000 by November 2022 so that she can, if eligible, access the bivalent vaccine clinical trial in America once she has completed her frontline treatment. 

“We are asking for your support in helping us to fundraise as Kayla deserves the world, and we want to make sure she has every opportunity available to her to help make sure she can live a fulfilled life,” says Stacey. 

 

How you can help 

There are many ways you can help Kayla: by making a personal donation; by sharing and following her story on Facebook, holding a fundraising event; getting sponsored to take on a challenge.    

To donate by text, send “KAYLA” followed by any whole amount up to £20 to 70085. This will cost your donation plus your standard network charge. It won’t matter if you leave a space before the number, if you include a ‘£’ sign or whether you use upper or lower case.    

Download our free Kayla resources below to support your fundraising.    

Campaign Poster     Event Poster     Sponsorship Form  

You can make a donation via this page.    

If you’d like to help to support Kayla’s campaign, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 0207 284 0800 and [email protected]