4th Jul, 2020

Family and footballer raising money for boy, 9, with deadliest form of childhood cancer

Laura Kearns 30th Jun, 2020 Updated: 1st Jul, 2020

A FAMILY whose daughter was diagnosed with the most deadly form of childhood cancer is appealing for support accessing treatment.

Nine-year-old Sky Blues fan Teigan Buckley was told in April she had Diffuse Pontine Glioma – a rare brain tumour which is known as the most aggressive and deadly of all childhood cancers.

Despite the family from Longford in Coventry being told there was no cure and no survival rate they began researching treatment options abroad.

Mum Lois, who was 36-weeks-pregnant when she discovered the news, is now raising money for a trial drug in Switzerland.

So far the family have raised a staggering £74,000 in just six days, but with trials costing between £100,000 to £400,000 even more is needed.

The mum-of-three said: “Our family has been understandably turned upside down. At the time of diagnosis I was pregnant with Teigan’s little brother, as well as being in lockdown with Teigan and her little sister Arianna. It felt like we had the weight of the world on our shoulders. I honestly didn’t know how we would make it through the day. To know we have made it this far, gives me the hope that is very much needed.

“Anyone who knows Teigan, will know that even this will not stop her, she’s strong, brave and determined to beat this.

“After one round of radiotherapy, the doctors were amazed by how much the tumour had shrunk. This kick-started us into exploring every possible option we have.

“We are trying to raise money for a clinical drug trial in Switzerland. Teigan has to be within 12 weeks post radiotherapy, she is now on week seven.

“After discussing the trials with the consultant, we began to explore the many trials outside the country, some even as far as the USA.

“These trials cost up to £400,000 or even more, depending on treatment. So we opened a fund-raising page to try and make the impossible, possible.

“We want to give our little girl the chance at life she deserves.”

The campaign has also been backed by Coventry City player Jodi Jones who has set up a fund-raising page and will donate his shirt from the Checkatrade Trophy victory at Wembley in 2017 and set up a fund-raising page.

So far nearly £3,000 has been donated.

He said: The reason I am doing this is because I believe we can all make the impossible, possible.

“As a Coventry City player I would do anything to help a young Coventry City fan. So I am giving away my match worn shirt from our Checkatrade Trophy victory at Wembley in 2017, which we won 2-1 in front of 74,434 fans.

“This shirt means a lot to me but it is nowhere near as important as Teigan’s life. “Every donation will make a huge difference and out of everybody who donates I will choose somebody to give this top to.

“Let’s make the impossible, possible.”

Visit www.gofundme.com/f/ccfc-shirt-fund-raiser-teigans-dipg-journey or www.gofundme.com/f/raising-money-for-the-bravest-girl-in-the-world to donate.

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