Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page - by IS­ABEL DOBINSON is­abel.dobinson@reach­plc.com Twit­ter: @is­abel_­dobin­son

A COM­MU­NITY is com­ing to­gether to make a six-year-old girl’s dream come true as she bat­tles che­mother­apy.

Lit­tle more than two weeks ago, Lexie Roy from West Dray­ton was play­ing in the lo­cal park when she fell off her swing, a stum­ble which usu­ally re­sults in a few cuts and bruises, but once she started be­ing sick, mum Chloe knew some­thing was not right.

The 27-year-old took her daugh­ter to the doc­tors and one day later a scan re­vealed Lexie had a tu­mour on her kid­ney and the fall in the park had caused pres­sure, re­sult­ing in in­ter­nal bleed­ing.

Three rounds of che­mother­apy and one op­er­a­tion later, friends and fam­ily are now rais­ing money to fly Lexie to Dis­ney World in Florida.

“She went to the park, she fell off a swing and she started be­ing sick so we took her to the doc­tors,” Chloe said.

“We couldn’t fig­ure out what was wrong be­cause it wasn’t a head in­jury, so she was taken to hospi­tal in Hilling­don.

“There she was checked over and then they did CT scans and found this mass.

“It was a tu­mour on her kid­ney and within an hour she was be­ing taken to Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal (GOSH).”

The six-year-old spent eight days in the world-renowed chil­dren’s hospi­tal where she en­dured fur­ther

scans and an op­er­a­tion to stop the in­ter­nal bleed­ing.

“When I was told I had a com­plete panic at­tack,” said Chloe.

“I was there with my mum and we were in shock – we were in tears, hys­ter­ics.

“She is amaz­ing. Ev­ery­one is in bits, but she is tak­ing it in her stride.”

When asked how she ex­plained the ill­ness to her young daugh­ter, Chloe said: “It’s re­ally hard. She knows she is re­ally poorly and she knows she has to take her magic medicine, which is what we call chemo.

“She knows she has a sore tummy and poorly hair which we said will fall out.”

Lexie, who at­tends High­field Pri­mary School in Hilling­don, will un­dergo a fur­ther op­er­a­tion on Septem­ber 25 to re­move the tu­mour and her kid­ney.

Af­ter that, it is hoped she will re­turn to school and re­join her class­mates.

“Her school has been bril­liant. She can’t go in now, but af­ter the op­er­a­tion and when she has re­cov­ered she can start go­ing in on the days she can man­age,” Chloe said.

“The sup­port has been amaz­ing, lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple send­ing their love.

“I find it eas­ier to talk about it now then I did at the be­gin­ning. It’s good to get it out so it’s not all kept inside.

“It’s re­ally hard but she has been keep­ing us all go­ing.”

Fam­ily friends Kelly Stevens and Laura Atkin came up with the idea to raise money to not only show their love and sup­port, but to also help

Chloe and Lexie’s dad, 29-year-old Ash­ley Smith.

Kelly, 42, from West Dray­ton, said: “We both wanted to do this so we could get Lexie’s story out there and ar­range dif­fer­ent events to make as much money as pos­si­ble to be able to hope­fully send her on a trip of a life-time once she re­cov­ers from this.

“It’s very im­por­tant to my­self and my sis­ter to try our hard­est to get this

money for Lexie. We strongly be­lieve that no adults should have to deal with che­mother­apy, let alone a sixyear-old.

“She should be en­joy­ing life play­ing like all other chil­dren her age, so this will give her some­thing to look for­ward to.”

In just nine days more than £700 has been raised to help con­trib­ute to­wards Lexie’s well-de­served hol­i­day.

“We are over­whelmed with the re­sponse we have al­ready had in such a small amount of time, re­ally show that we can pull to­gether as a fam­ily and com­mu­nity,” Kelly added.

The team have plenty of fundrais­ing events planned, in­clud­ing a ladies night at Rich­ings Sports Park next month, a RatPack night at West Dray­ton Ivyleaf club and a chil­dren’s Halloween party.

Lexie in hospi­tal with mum Chloe and dad Ash­ley

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