Newham family of cancer tot nicknamed ‘Isla the machine’ say she is fighting hard
PUBLISHED: 14:04 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:22 12 September 2017
A two-year-girl battling a rare form of cancer is a step closer to overcoming the disease after a successful round of treatment.
Isla Caton, whose parents come from Stratford, is recovering at home after receiving high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for stage four neuroblastoma.
The debilitating cancer had spread to 95 per cent of Isla’s body but is now gone apart from the original tumour.
GOSH staff have even given the tot the nickname “Isla the machine” as she left hospital so quickly following her latest treatment.
Delighted mum Nicola Caton said: “Isla is doing brilliantly. Now her hair will start to grow back.”
She added: “She has obviously got a long way to go. We do not want to get too excited.
“She will need a big operation coming up but we are really happy with how things are going.”
The family hope that following a procedure on October 3 to remove her tumour, Isla can start immunotherapy in the United States to prevent the cancer returning.
The therapy, which helps to repair the immune system, is not available on the NHS so Isla’s parents need to raise £192,000 to cover all the costs including flights and accommodation.
Generous donors, including the Recorder’s readers, have so far helped to raise more than £32,000 from justgiving donations and fundraising events.
Meanwhile, Isla received hundreds of get well cards from well-wishers around the world after the family posted an appeal on Facebook.
Nicola said: “It has actually restored my faith in humanity. You only ever hear the bad about people but I had no idea people were so kind.”
Many more fundraisers are being planned for this year including a charity fun night for 500 people at the Roundhouse in Dagenham on November 25.
The event will be hosted by TV presenter Jeff Brazier, plus Eastenders actors Jamie Borthwick (Jay Brown) and Harry Reid (Ben Mitchell).
Tickets are £15 and there are still 30 spaces available.
To find out more about, visit teamisla.co.uk. Alternatively, make a direct donation by visiting justgiving.com/crowdfunding/IslaCaton