So much support for Kayla

Just Regional
Sep 21, 2022 3 mins read

Kindhearted people from across Norfolk and beyond are continuing to raise thousands of pounds to send a young girl to New York for lifesaving treatment.

Kayla Buttle, four, whose grandparents live in Hellesdon, has the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma and is about to complete her treatment in the UK.
Her family now just has two months to meet a fundraising target of £185,000 to enrol Kayla on a bivalent vaccine clinical trial in New York which they hope will prevent relapse of this disease.

Kayla’s Hellesdon-based grandparents Jackie and Russell Barber have been closely involved in the  fundraising push, which has seen more than £60,000 raised so far.

Jackie said: “Kayla is doing well and she rings the bell at Addenbrooke’s on September 15. We can’t believe it as it’s been 16 months of ups and downs and worry.

“Kayla should get a full set of scans hopefully beginning of October and this will be the big one to see if she’s in remission. And as long as she is, she can go to America – hopefully within 45 days otherwise all the scans will have to be done again this time in America and of course that means an increase in costs.”

Kayla’s fundraising target was revised from £221,000 down to £185,000 due to the family making personal sacrifices and finding the least expensive options and cost-saving opportunities for their future travel.
Kayla, who lives with mum Stacey, dad Wayne and older brothers Riley and Korey, was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma in May 2021 and has since endured aggressive and intense frontline treatment.

A wide range of fundraising events have taken place and will continue as the family strives to hit the £185,000 target.
A band called Massive raised nearly £3,500 for the appeal during performances at the Brickmakers in Sprowston at the Stonedead Festival in Newark.
On October 2, a special charity boxing event will be held at the WAW Centre in Diamond Road, Norwich, will be staged for the appeal and it is hoped £20,000 will be raised.
A rearranged charity football match involving Norwich City legends will staged at Bradenham FC, near Dereham on October 9.
For more information about the fundraising campaign, including full details about charity events, see facebook.com/solvingkidscancerkayla

SPECIAL GIRL: Kayla Buttle is pictured with her grandparents Jackie and Russell Barber.

Fundraising events coming up include:
Sept 25 – Silver Rooms Sale & Tombola
Oct 1 – Bucket collection at Roy’s of Wroxham
Oct 2 – Zumbathon at Silver Rooms
Oct 2 – Fight for Kayla at WAW Wrestling Centre
Oct 9 – Kayla’s Day – NCFC Veterans Football Match at Bradenham FC
Nov 4 – Just Push Play Festival (A night for Kayla), Bury St Edmunds 

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