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Fundraising appeal to save the life of dying Lizzy Adams, from Conyer

By Poppy Jeffery

The mother of a terminally-ill teenager has made a desperate plea for more help to raise funds for pioneering surgery which could save her daughter's life.

Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Adams, from Conyer, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumour in April.

Doctors say the 13-year-old has less than two years to live but her family are pinning all their hopes on a £120,000 treatment.

Elizabeth Adams with mum Kath
Elizabeth Adams with mum Kath

It involves delivering drugs to the growth using fine catheters into her brain but is not available on the NHS.

So far, they have raised just over £24,000, with a bootfair held in Teynham at the weekend raising more than £3,400.

Her mum Kath said: “She’s pretty well in herself at the moment and we’re working very hard and have got lots of lovely people doing bits to help us.

“But there’s only a few of us in the centre of it and we’re finding it really hard.

“We’ve managed to raise a lovely amount but it’s not even half of what we need.

“It would be ideal if people could do events for us, or come and offer help.”

She said they’ve been trying to raise the profile of their campaign and had approached supermarkets to collect donations from shoppers but with little success.

Elizabeth Adams with her siblings Ryley, 15, Charlie, 14, Gipsy, 11, George, seven, and Laine-Rai, three
Elizabeth Adams with her siblings Ryley, 15, Charlie, 14, Gipsy, 11, George, seven, and Laine-Rai, three

The 40-year-old added: “It’s getting very tiring. We’re not getting a lot of quality time with Lizzy because of the fundraising and that’s hard.

“She understands that we need to raise the money for treatment though.”

Sittingbourne Community College pupil Lizzy, who has five siblings, has already undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy and is awaiting another MRI scan on Friday.

Kath added: “The whole of Teynham has been amazing for support – families that we know, those from school and our friends have all been amazing.

“We just need support so if there’s anyone who can do anything, please do.

“It’s asking a lot for people who don’t know us to help us but please.”

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