Joe Pasquale and Dr Pixie McKenna back Stacey Mowle’s appeal to raise £500,000 for cancer treatment
The family of a seven-year-old girl who desperately needs to raise £500,000 for cancer treatment abroad have garnered support from celebrities and comedians as they continue their relentless task the money that could save their daughter.
Stacey Mowle, of Trafalgar Raod, Gravesend, was diagnosed aged four with Neuroblastoma, a form of nerve cancer which mainly affects children.
She began chemotherapy at St George’s Hospital and continued with intense and difficult treatment until, on December 12 2011, the family received the happy news that Stacey had gone into remission.
But devastatingly, almost exactly a year later and just five days before Christmas, Stacey’s parents Sam, 30, and Warren, 39, learnt that her cancer had returned, even more aggressively than before.
Sam said: “We were devastated beyond belief, and our whole world fell apart. The days and weeks that followed were a complete blur. Stacey began chemotherapy immediately, and while we hoped for the best we prepared ourselves for the fact that we could lose our little girl at any moment.”
The treatment Stacey needs is only available in Germany or America so family and friends have been organising dozens of fundraising events.
Unfortunately time is not on Stacey’s side and the family, including 10-year-old brother, Jake, are desperate to build on the £80,000 they have raised so far.
The heartbreaking story has spurred celebrities to back the campaign, with Joe Pasquale and Dr Pixie McKenna from Embarrassing Bodies agreeing to become patrons of their appeal, joining other comedians who have also lent their support.
One of the largest events will take place on Wednesday, June 12, when Not Going Out star Lee Mack and Peep Show’s Isy Suttie will take part in Stand Up for Stacey at The Woodville, a night of comedy with 14 stand-ups.
Family friend and fundraiser Steve Nash said: “The family are quite low at the moment because a they found out a little boy who was the same age and at the same stage of neuroblastoma as Stacey died recently.”
Steve says there has been an overwhelming response from people keen to help with the appeal, which he attributes to Stacey.
“Everyone who meets her is blown away. She wears a wig and is always smiling and joking. Even when she was in hospital hooked up to lots of tubes she was smiling.
“She is an incredibly brave little girl. On one of her hospital visits she insisted on going into the treatment room alone so she could be a grown-up.”
Fewer than 100 children in the UK are diagnosed each year with neuroblastoma. It is the second most common solid tumour in childhood, and it makes up 8 per cent of the total number of children’s cancers.
The Mowles have been supported by Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN) who have helped them with organising fundraisers.
Other events in the pipeline are an attempt to break the record for the number of people doing the conga on August 4 at Gravesend Rugby Club, a summertime black tie ball on July 27 at Manor Hotel, in Gravesend and a rock night on August 16 at Silver Hall Social Club in Rainham,
On Monday, supporters of the Stacey Mowle Appeal tweeted simultaneously at 6.30pm in support of their cause.
Steve says although cash donations are welcome, any help will be gratefully received.
“People can support us in a number of ways. You could tell someone influential about the appeal, host an event, spread the word on social media, or donate a raffle prize.”
To find out more visit www.justgiving.com/StaceyMowleAppeal and to find out about fundraising events visit thestaceymowleappeal.co.uk.
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