‘Weight lifted’ as family of brave Leeds cancer tot Isla-Grace boosted by £5k charity gift

Beth Hiley, and partner Rhys Large, of Yeadon, Leeds, with their daughter Isla-Grace Large. Picture by James Hardisty.
Beth Hiley, and partner Rhys Large, of Yeadon, Leeds, with their daughter Isla-Grace Large. Picture by James Hardisty.
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The family of young cancer battler Isla-Grace Large has said a “massive weight” has been lifted thanks to a charity’s £5,000 donation.

The family of the 18-month-old Yeadon tot, who is fighting rare cancer Ewing’s sarcoma, has been granted the cash from the Kids ‘n’ Cancer support charity ahead of their trip to Oklahoma, USA, to have special proton radiotherapy.

Treatment and travel has been funded by the NHS but the family has been fundraising to support their living costs and rent at home during the 12-week trip.

Isla’s mum Beth, 20, said: “It’s just been absolutely amazing. We’re completely overwhelmed with the support, it’s a massive weight off our shoulders.”

Isla-Grace has been fighting the disease since September. She has been undergoing intense chemotherapy and faces an operation in March before heading out to the US.

Mike Hyman, cofounder of the charity, said: “They already have the stress of dealing with the huge upheaval of a cancer diagnosis, but we aim to take some of the worry away by supporting them financially.”

The family will also host a fundraising fun day involving a charity auction, offering up items that have been donated by local businesses including jewellery and photoshoot vouchers, at LA Fitness in Yeadon on Sunday from 1.30pm.

Visit www.kidsncancer.org.uk or www.facebook.com/IslaGraceLarge for further information.

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