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Rock legend Wakeman joinslifesaving effort for Ruby Young from Rainham who is fighting aggressive cancer

Music legend Rick Wakeman has lent his support to little Ruby Young, who is fighting a very aggressive cancer.

The former keyboard player with the band Yes helped on a video which has been made about Ruby and her family as they work to raise £500,000 for life-saving treatment.

Rick, who has also made music with the likes of David Bowie, Black Sabbath and Cat Stevens, worked alongside film-maker Andy Humphreys for the Ruby Roo video and donated the use of a track from one of his albums for the backing sound.

Ruby, two, tired after ongoing treatment which has not been as effective as parents Vikki and Rob hoped.
Ruby, two, tired after ongoing treatment which has not been as effective as parents Vikki and Rob hoped.

The 65-year-old said: “I am delighted to help Ruby and her family. The efforts so far undertaken by the Ruby Roo fundraising team, the people of Medway and beyond is a fantastic achievement.

“I hope that my support and that of film-maker Andy Humphreys helps them achieve that aim. Ruby is a fabulous little girl who deserves a chance to survive.

“I urge everybody to go online to the Ruby Roo Facebook page and pledge as much as they can. Every pound helps.”

Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman

Rick’s support follows that of One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson. The singer sent his own personal message of support for Ruby over Twitter on Tuesday and it was retweeted more than 60,000 times.

"It’s taken a week to pick ourselves back up off the floor.Although Ruby is clinically seriously ill, she is so well in herself I’d convinced myself it was going to be good news this time" - Mum Vikki

It has been a traumatic week for Ruby’s family as it was revealed that her treatment has failed to get the desired results.

They are now researching and assessing options, but surgery to remove the tumour is deemed too dangerous at the moment given the size of the growth and because a main artery is running through it.

Mum Vikki, of Monmouth Close, Rainham, said: “It’s taken a week to pick ourselves back up off the floor.

"Although Ruby is clinically seriously ill, she is so well in herself I’d convinced myself it was going to be good news this time. But the look on the consultant’s face said it all.

“It’s made me more determined for Ruby to beat this. I feel helpless, but I have to do everything to give her the best chance. More money means more options. It’s sad, but that’s the way it is.”

Ruby Young, two, playing her with brother Freddy, five, in hospital
Ruby Young, two, playing her with brother Freddy, five, in hospital

While her family were coming to terms with the blow, Ruby created fresh terror for Vikki and dad Rob when she pulled out her Hickman line, exposing her jugular vein, which transports blood between her head and heart.

Vikki happened to look in on Ruby while she was asleep and saw she was bleeding. Extra clamps have been put on the tube to prevent the two-year-old taking it out again.

Vikki said: “Ruby is at that stage where she just likes being a bit naughty and thinks it’s funny to pull it out. She just doesn’t understand the danger she is in.”

To help visit www.justgiving.com/RubyYoungJourney or text RLYJ88 and the amount you wish to give to 70070.

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