A three-year-old fighting an aggressive form of cancer is set to start intense daily chemotherapy.
Kendal Middleton Jessop has neuroblastoma, which has left her with a 40 per cent chance of survival.
She has now had a massive tumour in her stomach removed and is to begin the next stage of gruelling treatment.
Even after that, she will have an 80 per cent chance of the cancer recurring – and a massive fundraising drive has been started to pay for care abroad which she may need if that happens.
So almost £20,000 has been raised and the latest event is a teddy bear walk at Temple Newsam today. (March 30)
Kendal, from Swarcliffe, Leeds, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which affects 100 children in the UK annually, late last year.
A scan showed a tumour which doctors confirmed was cancer.
They later discovered the illness had spread throughout her body and she immediately started chemotherapy.
Earlier this month Kendal had the mass taken out in an operation lasting more than 10 hours.
“They managed to remove all of the tumour,” her dad Stuart said.
Kendal is now at home, but will return next week for the high-dose chemotherapy, which will mean she has to be isolated.
Her own stem cells, which were removed earlier, will then be used and following that she will have radiotherapy. “This is just to get the cancer cells that the computers cannot see but the doctors know are still there,” Stuart added.
“We just need to keep going.”
If the illness does return following her treatment in Leeds, there may not be anything more than can be done in the UK.
Instead, Kendal may need care overseas costing up to £500,000, so the fundraising has been started towards that cost. Donate via www.justgiving.com/KendalMiddletonJessopAppeal or text KEND50 and the amount, up to £10, to 70070.