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UPDATED: 3 September 2013

 

Fresh hope in brave Anya’s fight against cancer

 

Anya is just 2 years old and has stage 4 neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer that kills more under fives than any other cancer type. Together with Anya’s parents, Graeme and Naomi, the NCCA UK has been fundraising to help Anya access pioneering immunotherapy treatment in the US.   But now brave Anya who has already undergone painful, protracted treatment has been given a rare opportunity to join a Europe-wide immunotherapy treatment trial – with the bonus that she can receive treatment at her local hospital, Alder Hey. This means she will not now need to travel to the US as planned and could start treatment as early as November 2013.

 

“This is bittersweet for us”, say her parents Naomi and Graeme, “it’s good that Anya can be treated in the UK in a hospital she knows but it is sad that she’s only qualified because the disease is proving so hard to shift.”

Because four out of five children relapse after treatment, Anya’s appeal will remain open both to build funds should she need urgent lifesaving treatment, but also to raise awareness for neuroblastoma.   Funds raised so far will be held within the NCCA UK for five years to contribute to treatment if needed.    If after five years the funds are not needed, they will be used to help another family or, at Naomi and Graeme’s discretion, go towards neuroblastoma research.

This is Anya’s story….

 

In March 2011, Naomi and Graeme were thrilled with the safe arrival of their first child - a beautiful baby girl.  But Anya was slow to walk, and a pronounced limp quickly progressed to the point where Anya couldn’t bear to stand on her left leg. The local hospital tried anti-inflammatory drugs, and then an emergency operation but Anya’s pain and fever spiralled out of control. She was referred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for a second operation and further tests before the doctors told her distraught parents the devastating news - Anya had cancer.

 

Unconscious and on morphine, Anya appeared to be losing her fight for life. Fearing the worst, the doctors started chemotherapy a week early and Anya began to stabilise. She’s still having chemotherapy today, and although it’s keeping the disease in check, Anya’s parents know that neuroblastoma is prone to relapse, attacking new parts of the body persistently and at random. The only real hope of Anya growing up cancer free lies in pioneering immunotherapy trials….

 

You can give to Anya’s appeal by donating to the NCCA UK campaign online at www.justgiving.com/appeal4anya.  Or you could hold your own fundraising event.  Find suggestions and ideas on the NCCA UK site at http://www.ncca-uk.org/how-you-can-help/ or call the friendly fundraising team on 020 7284 0800.

 

Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference.

 

 

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All donations are paid into NCCA UK’s general funds to further its general charitable purposes.  The funds raised by this Journey are not restricted for Anya’s use.  However, the trustees of NCCA UK have agreed to designate funds raised by this Journey to help Anya and her family pay for potential future treatment costs and all other associated costs including travel and accommodation.  If Anya 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 funds for NCCA UK’s general charitable purposes.  We are very grateful for your charitable donation.  For further information about NCCA UK and how we spend donations, please see our FAQs http://www.ncca-uk.org/faqs

 

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To see the most up to date figure raised for Anya’s appeal please click on Team Anya. Did you know you can also donate by text message? Please text ANYA99 and your amount £1 - £10 to 70070 thank you.

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Raising money for

Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance

Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance

Charity Registration No. 1135601

“All donations are paid into NCCA UK’s general funds to fund our charitable activities. Our charitable activities include: funding a child’s treatment against neuroblastoma, as well as sponsoring research, and promoting education and awareness of neuroblastoma.”

Donations 2378

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Donation by Kayleigh Shadrack on 26/03/15

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

via sms

My favourite Virgin Atlantic Little Red passengers. Hope all going to plan in the US.

Donation by Russell on 10/01/15

With love x

Donation by Jennifer Targhi on 23/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Keep fighting Anya , you are an inspiration to the world x

Donation by Sonia Lavin on 29/11/14

£3.00

+ £0.75 Gift Aid

via sms

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Donation by Anonymous on 07/11/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

via sms

Donation on behalf of Queens Park High School and their students.

Donation by Queens Park High School on 04/11/14

£500.00

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Donation by Michelle Allen on 28/10/14

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 28/10/14

£12.00

+ £3.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 11/09/14

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Donation by Anonymous on 28/08/14

£5.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 28/08/14

£5.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 27/08/14

£3.00

via sms

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Donation by Anonymous on 27/08/14

£3.00

via sms

Hope this makes a small differance somewhere to a child who needs it. 💗 😘💋 XO

Donation by Anonymous on 24/08/14

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/08/14

£10.00

via sms

A promised , after your haircut :-)

Donation by Jon the barber on 19/08/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 20/07/14

£10.00

via sms

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Donation by Anonymous on 20/07/14

£2.00

via sms

Donation by Patty Murray and Maggie the Cat on 14/07/14

$20.00

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Donation by Anonymous on 03/07/14

£4.00

via sms

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Donation by Anonymous on 24/06/14

£5.00

via sms

Donation by Anonymous on 17/06/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 13/06/14

£5.00

via sms

Donation by Emily Wilson on 11/06/14

£3.00

+ £0.75 Gift Aid

From all your friends / supporters in Guilden Sutton Village

Donation by Michelle Lloyd-Kerfoot on 23/05/14

£610.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£55,110.71
  • Offline donations£154,885.00
  • Text donations£4,966.00
  • Total raised£214,961.71
  • Gift Aid£10,380.67

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