GoFundMe bid for brain tu­mour stu­dent picks up steam

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Al­bert Fer­gu­son/Gleaner Writer al­bert.fer­gu­son@glean­erjm.com

WEST­ERN BUREAU:

THE PAST stu­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion of An­chovy High School in St James has es­tab­lished a GoFundMe ac­count for Kaylia Pin­nock, the 15-year-old stu­dent fac­ing a J$242,000 bill to get med­i­cal help for her Stage Two brain tu­mour.

The GoFundMe ac­count, which was launched on May 30, came in the af­ter­math of The Gleaner high­light­ing her plight. So far, US$6,400 of the US$15,000 tar­get has been re­alised from 150 donors.

In ap­peal­ing for sup­port for Kaylia, the page stated that she was in dire need of help to con­front the life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion that has kept her out of school since the start of the year and has plunged her 42-year-old sweet-vend­ing mother, Velma Latch­man, into a state of de­spair.

“It is on this merit that the An­chovy [High School] alumni and the past stu­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion has stepped in to as­sist in the process of rais­ing funds for Kaylia’s med­i­ca­tion,” the page stated.

“I am truly ap­pre­cia­tive of all those who have con­trib­uted to Kaylia’s GoFundMe med­i­cal ex­penses cam­paign,” said Ishba Higgins, se­cond vice-pres­i­dent of the past stu­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion, who also serves as the school’s dean of dis­ci­pline.

“I am cer­tain Kaylia and her fam­ily will ben­e­fit greatly.”

Ny­ron Cameron, pres­i­dent of the An­chovy High School Alumni, says the re­sponse of the school com­mu­nity and well-wish­ers was heart­warm­ing.

“We recog­nise the tremen­dous sup­port from per­sons in var­i­ous coun­tries who con­tinue to sup­port Kaylia in her time of great need,” said Cameron.

Kaylia Pin­nock

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