Four-year-old is encouraging locals in Donaghmore to join her in having a cuppa to raise awareness of blood cancer and generate funds for the charities who have supported her, including CLIC Sargent.
Ellie Louise and her family, from Dungannon, are appealing to all residents who are free on Thursday 28 March to come along to the Torrent Sports Complex, Donaghmore for a fun coffee morning, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Ellie Louise is hoping that people will dig deep on the day, indulge in a cuppa and a sweet treat and help her raise money for CLIC Sargent, Macmillan, NICFC and NICCUF.
Little Ellie Louise was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia on 28 March 2012 and has been receiving chemotherapy treatment at Belfast Royal Hospital for Sick Children. She is currently a year into her treatment and will continue receiving treatment over the next two years.
Commenting on Ellie Louise’s diagnosis, treatment and cancer experience, her mum, Fiona said, “When we rang in the New Year in 2012, little did we know what was ahead of us. Until you are in the unthinkable situation of dealing with your child having cancer, you do not appreciate how much support charities such as CLIC Sargent offer families and just help them through each day. We are holding the coffee morning to raise as much money as possible for these great charities and say thank you for the unbelievable care and support we received from them.”
The family want to mark 28 March 2013 with a positive fundraising event to benefit CLIC Sargent and the three other charities that have helped them and continue to support many families in the community.
Also commenting on the coffee morning fundraiser, Michelle Carolan, Fundraising Manager for CLIC Sargent said, “Each week in Northern Ireland two children or young people are given the devastating news they have cancer. CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical and emotional support from the point of diagnosis onwards and so we need as much support from the public as possible to allow us to help every family that needs us.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Ellie Louise and her family for organising the coffee morning fundraising event, the proceeds of which will go towards our Northern Ireland Homes from Home appeal, that will provide free onsite accommodation so families can stay close together when their child is receiving treatment at the two main treatment centres in Belfast."
Ellie Louise's family is asking that the local community help them in raising awareness of childhood cancer and fundraise or donate.