Leeds United ex-player Gary Kelly has given his backing to a tot who is fighting a rare and aggressive cancer.
As reported in Yorkshire Evening Post, Kendal Middleton Jessop faces months of gruelling treatment to fight neuroblastoma.
The cancer, which develops in nerve cells, has infiltrated every bone in her body and she has a 40 per cent chance of survival.
Kendal, who is nearly three, will then face an 80 per cent chance of the cancer recurring.
Her family, from Swarcliffe, Leeds, have launched a fundraising appeal because if she does relapse, there may be no treatment available in the UK.
Costs of treatments abroad can be up to £500,000.
Now Gary Kelly has met up with the tot and her dad Stuart to show his support.
The Irish footballer, who spent all his playing career with the Whites, lost his sister Mandy to cancer in 1998.
Mr Middleton said they were very touched by Gary’s involvement.
“He does a lot in Ireland for cancer research and he wants to try and help us.
“He wants to start blogging and tweeting about Kendal and he’s going to make a donation himself.
“It’s great because someone like him could help raise a lot of money. We are so grateful for the opportunity.”
Kendal is currently undergoing chemotherapy and her family said they had been touched by the generosity of friends, relatives and businesses, including the Skyliner fish and chip shop in Colton which is holding a fundraising meal on February 26.
Donate via: www.justgiving.com/KendalMiddletonJessopAppeal or text KEND50 and the amount, up to £10, to 70070.