Updated 3rd September 2013:
Please bare with us while we await confirmation of what Mackenzie’s new target will be. Funds will be ring fenced for Mackenzie's treatment for 5 years as we are aware of the changes that occurred to treatment plans last minute. After this time her funds will be made available for other children should they need it.
“My name is Mackenzie, I'm nine years old and I love playing my guitar. When I grow up I want to be a nurse and help other people”.
Mackenzie has been diagnosed with relapsed neuroblastoma, an extremely aggressive childhood cancer. Mackenzie’s best chance of beating the cancer lies in Germany.
We have launched an urgent appeal to raise £350,000 to cover the cost of the clinical treatment she needs to give her a chance of life. Please donate to Mackenzie's appeal so she can grow up and realise her ambitions.
Mackenzie, who has already beaten neuroblastoma once before, found out that the cancer had come back in November 2012.
There are no relapse treatment protocol for neuroblastoma available in the UK, so her parents, Kimberley and Jason, have launched Mackenzie's fundraising appeal with NCCA UK (now Solving Kids' Cancer) to raise the money needed for their little girl to have clinical treatment in Germany.
Solving Kids' Cancer helps children access clinical neuroblastoma treatments that are only available abroad. We also fund innovative research into high-risk childhood cancers.
Mackenzie was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma in October 2009 when she was just 5 years old. Mackenzie was treated at the Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Children. After gruelling treatments including chemotherapy, surgery and IL2 immunotherapy, Mackenzie completed her treatment in December 2010 and scans showed no signs of cancer.
Devastatingly, less than 2 years later, a routine MRI scan showed that the cancer had returned.
Mackenzie’s mum Kimberley said, “Our beautiful daughter Mackenzie had relapsed! Since November 2012 Mackenzie has again had to endure more chemotherapy and two stem cell harvests which will be used after she undergoes her MIBG (a radiopharmaceutical treatment) at hospital in London in May 2013.
MIBG is the very last treatment option available to Mackenzie in the UK. This is why we are fundraising with the NCCA UK (now Solving Kids' Cancer) to take Mackenzie to Germany for Haploidentical Stem Cell transplant treatment which costs £350,000.
Mackenzie is a very special nine year old who has overcome so very much in the past three and a half years. She has never complained, she just does what she knows she has to do. When Mackenzie grows up she really wants to be a nurse. Her Daddy and I will do all that we can to make this happen.”
Please help us to help Mackenzie by making a donation to Solving Kids' Cancer. Please give as much as you can afford to help us save our beautiful daughter Mackenzie. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference.
If you can help us by holding a fundraising event please contact the fundraising team at Solving Kids' Cancer at 020 7284 0800 | firstname.lastname@example.org
All funds raised for Mackenzie’s Appeal will be used for her treatment and its associated costs. Any money raised above Mackenzie’s target will be kept should she need help in the future.
With our heartfelt thanks for your help, Kimberley and Jason Furniss.
To read more about Mackenzie visit our website: http://www.SolvingKidsCancer.org.uk/appeal/mackenzies-appeal/
To follow Mackenzie's story visit her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mackenzie.furniss
Appeal Terms and Conditions
All donations are paid into Solving Kids' Cancer's general funds to further its general charitable purposes. The funds raised by this Appeal are not restricted for the child's use. However, the trustees of Solving Kids' Cancer have agreed to designate funds raised by this Appeal to help the child and their family pay for treatment costs and all other associated costs including travel and accommodation. If the child no longer needs the funds, and if the fundraising target is exceeded or insufficient funds are raised to fund the treatment, 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 Solving Kids' Cancer's general charitable purposes. We are very grateful for your charitable donation.
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