A fundraising appeal has been set up for a brave little girl from Co Galway who has been battling cancer half of her life.
Nine-year-old Grace Kenneally has defied all expectations by overcoming rare cancer neuroblastoma three times, but desperately needs treatment abroad to save her life.
In April of this year, Grace was given just two weeks to live after getting cancer for the third time, but she miraculously bounced back.
Grace is currently undergoing chemotherapy for the third time at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Co Dublin, which has helped to shrink the tumour, but not her underlying illnesses.
Her devoted family and friends are working to urgently raise funds so she can undergo the treatment that could save her life.
Her aunt Katherine said, “We almost lost Grace this year. We were very worried about it – they had tried before and they managed to get a certain percentage of it.
“We were hopeful though. She’s such a strong child. So strong willed - and she always has been since she was a baby.”
The recurring tumour in her abdomen, which is attached to the aorta, makes surgery extremely difficult.
The treatments that are currently available in Ireland, such as chemotherapy and radiation will not give Grace her best chance of survival.
Therefore, she needs specialised treatment abroad if she is to beat the illness.
Some fundraising efforts have already taken place around Galway city on a small scale to raise awareness of Grace and to support the day-to-day expenses, but due to the urgency of the situation the Saving Grace campaign has been set up with a target of €250,000.
To donate to the campaign, see www.iDonate.ie/SavingGrace or visit www.savinggrace.ie for more information on the appeal.