Flora is an energetic, 
outdoor-loving 3-year-old from East Lothian, Scotland. She loves playing at the beach, splashing in the sea, playing at the park, and building puzzles. She is a huge Peppa Pig fan and enjoys playing Peppa games on her tablet.  
 

In January 2021, after several hospital appointments, Flora was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In the months that followed, Flora wasn't herself and her parents were given the devastating news that at just two years old she had high-risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer that has a 40-50% chance of long-term survival.  

Her family are appealing for your help to raise the required funds by August 2022 for Flora to enrol on the Bivalent Vaccine clinical trial in New York that aims to stop her neuroblastoma from coming back. 

In May 2022 Flora’s fundraising target was revised from £312,000 down to £252,000 due to changes to the trial design in New York.

Flora’s Story

Flora has had several hospital visits and investigations into her health and development and in January 2021, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  In the months that followed this diagnosis, her parents, Jamie and Stephanie, noticed that Flora wasn’t quite herself. She was irritable, waking in the night and had an upset tummy and swollen lymph nodes. They took her to the GP three times over the course of the month only to be told she had a viral infection.

By the end of March Flora had deteriorated further and was admitted to hospital. She was pale, lethargic and had bruising around her eyes. Blood tests showed that Flora was anaemic and further tests were carried out. It was an agonising wait for Flora's parents.

At the beginning of April, after finding a large tumour next to one of her kidneys, cancer in her skull, behind her eyes and in her bone marrow, Flora was diagnosed with Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma. 

"To say that Flora has been dealt a difficult start in life is an understatement. Despite the challenges she faces and the trauma she has been through over the past 9 months, she is the happiest and most affectionate little girl! There are days you would have no idea she's even battling a life-threatening illness. But there are also days where Flora is incredibly ill and as parents, it is frightening and heartbreaking to witness," says Jamie and Stephanie.

Treatment  

Flora has already undergone 8 rounds of chemotherapy, a 7-hour surgery to remove her tumour, 5 weeks of high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant in isolation, and radiotherapy. This is along with the countless scans and tests, general anaesthetics, and blood transfusions that go hand in hand with receiving cancer treatment. 

The side effects of treatment are tough but Flora’s cheeky personality still shines through despite the pain and discomfort she endures. Even on the darkest and hardest of days, Flora lights up the room with her infectious smile. Flora is the cheekiest three-year-old on the ward and enjoys running around the corridors making lots of noise! She is the Mayor of mischief and keeps everyone on their toes!

"She brings so much happiness and love to our family and we are so blessed to have this special girl in our lives,” says Jamie.

She has now just started 6 months of immunotherapy, and will soon come to the end of her frontline treatment on the NHS. Despite involving the most intense treatment regime of all cancers, neuroblastoma returns in 40-50% of all children diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma .

Flora’s Fundraising Campaign  

Flora's parents are asking for your support to help raise £252,000 by August 2022 so that she can, if eligible, access the Bivalent Vaccine trial at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York once frontline treatment is completed. 

“We will not reach this target without help, so please help us to get Flora to New York,” says Jamie and Stephanie. 

How you can help 

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

To donate by text, send “FLORA” 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 Flora resources below to support your fundraising.  

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You can make a donation via this page.  

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

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