Monday, 9 June 2014

Lecturer tackles walk to help child's sight battle

The SSTO's Danielle Prescott is taking part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for a friend's child who has a serious eye condition.

Danielle will accompany around 50 people who are walking from Manchester to Darwen on Saturday 14th June to help support Natasha Scott and Philip Davies and their daughter, Elyssa Davies.

Natasha took Elyssa to her doctors during May as she was concerned about a reflection in one of her eyes.

She was immediately referred to see a specialist and a few days later everyone's worst fears were realised as Elyssa was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma in both eyes. This is a very rare cancer on the retina that affects young children.

The next day Elyssa went to Royal London Hospital to see another specialist who told Natasha and Phil that Elyssa needed to have one of her eyes removed. It has been a tough time for the family, who are making regular trips to London as Elyssa continues to receive treatment to ensure her remaining eye is working.

If anyone wishes to sponsor the walk please email Danielle. For more information on directly helping the family please click here.

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