A Fraserburgh family has been overwhelmed with the support received from the town following their daughter being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Claire Bruce and Michael Miller were given the devastating news in June that their nine months-old daughter Lacey had Acute Mayloid Leukaemia. Since that time the community has been rallying behind the family raising funds to enable Claire and Michael to remain close to Lacey while she receives life-saving treatment.
Speaking to the Herald, Lacey’s granny, Caroline Bruce, explained how it was touch-and-go for brave little Lacey as the hospital prepared the family for the worst.
She said: “Lacey was diagnosed on June 22, with AML, a rare form of cancer that affects the white blood cells formed in the bone marrow.
“Basically the white blood cells begin to reproduce abnormal cells; these abnormal cells then interfere with the normal production of blood cells, decreasing red and white blood cell and platelet production, in Lacey’s case thickening her blood.
“The following day she was flown from Glasgow to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment where she was put into a medically induced coma to enable her body to rest and respond the medication she was being given.
“She remained in the coma for eight days and the doctors prepared Claire and Michael to expect the worst.
“Thankfully Lacey is a fighter and she responded to treatment, after eight days she was moved out of intensive care to another ward to receive intensive chemotherapy.”
After five weeks of treatment in Yorkhill Lacey was transferred back to Aberdeen Sick Children’s Hospital where she is responding brilliantly to chemotherapy.
Caroline continued: “Lacey is being treated by the NHS so when we were contacted by people who wanted to raise funds to enable Claire and Michael to stay with Lacey during her treatment we were really taken aback.
“The first fundraiser was held at Cheers Café Bar and Tavern at the end of July. The turnout was fantastic, it really was unbelievable.
“We would like to thank Dawn for organising the event, Dennis and the staff at Cheers for their help and support and everyone who came along and supported the fun day.
“A total of £5,199.60 was raised, it was just phenomenal.
“The support that the town has shown us has been overwhelming, words cannot express how grateful we are and how much this means to the family – thank you seems so inadequate.”
A second fundraising event, organised by Sharon Watt, will be held in the Leisure centre this Saturday, September 3.
The fundraiser is a large car indoor boot sale and craft fayre, with face painting and bouncy castle for children.
There are a limited number of tables left which cost £10 each. All money raised will be donated to Lacey.
Entry is free of charge for anyone wanting to come down and pick up a bargain or to simply enjoy the activities available during the fundraiser.
To book a table or for further information, contact Sharon or Angela at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre on 01346 516663.