Family of Stacey Mowle need £500,000 to fund life-saving treatment for neuroblastoma
Samantha and Warren
Mowle, with Stacey, seven, and Jake, nine
It's a mammoth task, but one which any parent would take on
if it meant finding life-saving treatment for their child.
Warren and Samantha Mowle need to raise £500,000 to fund
specialist care neither available in the UK nor funded by the NHS
for their seven-year-old daughter Stacey.
The couple were given the devastating news just five days before
Christmas that the youngster had relapsed neuroblastoma, a rare
form of childhood cancer.
She was first diagnosed in May 2010 and underwent almost two
years of treatment, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and
Doctors told the Gravesend family at the time that Stacey had an
aggressive form of cancer with an 80% chance of relapse, but in
December 2011 scans showed she was clear.
That same year she met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when
they visited the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey where she had
Neuroblastoma is a very aggressive type of childhood cancer of the nervous system and can affect every part of the body.
The disease affects about 100 children each year in the UK, mostly under the age of five. It usually starts in the child’s abdomen but can spread to other areas such as bones, liver and skin.
Families Against Neuroblastoma is a registered charity offering assistance, support and advice.
But Stacey began to
feel ill shortly after her birthday in November last year.
Warren, 39, and Samantha, 31, have now joined forces with
charity Families Against Neuroblastoma to launch the Stacey Mowle
Appeal and raise the cash to send her to either the US or
Warren said from the family home in Trafalgar Road: “For me
and Sam to find out Stacey had relapsed just before Christmas was
“It’s always at the back of your mind that it could happen but
when we got 13 months down the line we were thinking ‘great’.
“The day after her seventh birthday we realised something wasn’t
right and she just deteriorated. Her consultant said he wanted to
do a scan just to be on the safe side.
“The next day, just five days before Christmas, we got the
results and it wasn’t good.
“What Stacey has already been through is unbelievable and the
amount we need to raise is absolutely massive but it would rip me
apart if we didn’t.
“If everyone in the county gave me £1 in a text donation it
would be over.”
Stacey, a pupil at Shears Green Infant School, is now
having further chemotherapy.
Scans to be taken at the end of this month will reveal whether
she has stabilised.
One treatment they hope to explore in Germany involves combining
stem cells from the child and a parent.
He said: “When Stacey was first diagnosed there was a protocol
for treatment to be paid for by the NHS. Unfortunately, there are
no drugs available for children in this country who have relapsed
Since the appeal was launched two weeks ago, more than £4,800
has been raised. Go to Stacie's justgiving
site. Donations of £1 to £10 can also be made by texting STAC53
(followed by the amount) to 70070.
The Duchess of Cambridge
chats with little Stacey Mowle during a visit to the Royal Marsden
Hospital. Picture: Royal Marsden Hospital
Stacey has new friends in high places!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have sent a goodwill message
to Stacey after the Messenger contacted St James’s Palace to inform
them of her plight.
The youngster and her family met the royal couple when they
opened a new cancer centre at the Royal Marsden.
A spokesman said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge remember Stacey from their visit to the Royal Marsden
Oak Centre for children in September 2011 and wish her well with
During their visit, the Duke and Duchess specifically asked to
meet Stacey after she and her dad Warren took part in a photoshoot
for the hospital’s cancer charity website.
While Prince William chatted with Stacey’s nine-year-old brother
Jake about football, Kate made craft princesses with the
Stacey told the Messenger: “I was so happy to meet a real prince
and princess. I made her a little fairy princess that she took away
and said she would put it on her sideboard.
“I was so excited and it made me very happy.”
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