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Family of three-year-old girl with rare cancer raise over £300,000 to go to America for life-changing treatment

PUBLISHED: 17:43 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:43 17 May 2018

Isla with her mum Nicola Caton and dad Michael Hook at a charity match to raise funds for Isla's treatment. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

Isla with her mum Nicola Caton and dad Michael Hook at a charity match to raise funds for Isla's treatment. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

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A Hornchurch three-year-old girl who has an extremely rare form of cancer is heading to America to receive treatment costing £250,000 that will hopefully be life-changing.

Isla Caton and Mark Noble at Upton Park where Isla was a mascot in a bid to raise money to send her to America for cancer treatment. Photo: WHUFCIsla Caton and Mark Noble at Upton Park where Isla was a mascot in a bid to raise money to send her to America for cancer treatment. Photo: WHUFC

Isla Caton was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in March last year and now her and her mum, Nicola Caton, will be going to New York so she can receive injections of antibodies that will raise her chances of survival from 20 per cent to 70 pc.

Brave Isla has been undergoing treatment for over a year, but suffered a relapse in February which meant that she had to start all over again.

Her parents were told by doctors that scans had shown a spot of the aggressive cancer was still on Isla’s skull.

She will now head to American for four injections that will cost £250,000 and will be spread out over three months.

Michael Hook and Nicola Caton with their daughter, two-year-old Isla Caton who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancerMichael Hook and Nicola Caton with their daughter, two-year-old Isla Caton who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer

Her parents are hoping this treatment will give her an even better chance of survival.

Following this she will head back to England for five months of Immunotherapy that will get rid of any cancer left in her body.

And then if they have managed to raise enough money, she will have to go back to America to receive the Bivalent vaccine, which was what she was hoping to have before she originally suffered the relapse.

Doctors have told Isla and her parents that the vaccine will stop the cancer ever coming back again - but she must have been given the all clear from doctors before she can receive it.

Speaking to the Recorder Isla’s mum, Nicola said: “It is going to cost almost everything that we’ve raised so far, but then we’ve got six months to raise more money.

“We’ve done it before and we will do it again.

“We have got to do it for Isla. We have got to be strong and we will have to do it and we just have to go.

“It’s fantastic news though and the treatment will give Isla an amazing chance.

“What will be, will be.

“It’s an adventure for the both of us.

“I’m hoping that she is well enough and strong enough so we can enjoy our time over there.”

To donate to Isla’s fight visit her JustGiving page.

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