Grace who lives in England celebrated her second birthday on April 6 and while her proud parents Kevin and Millicnet certainly shed a tear on their daughter?s birthday, there was also tears of worry.
The cancer which she has is called neuroblastoma and initially the prognosis showed a relatively low survival rate of approximately 20-25%. However, the development of a new treatment, called anti-GD2 antibody, could increase her chances of survival. This treatment is available at only one centre in the world, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, in New York which has an 80% survival possibility.
The 10 sixth class students in Cullen became aware of Grace?s plight to raise $800,000 for this new treatment and the students were determined to help little Grace in some way.
Principal Hannah Kelleher told The Corkman that the students raffled their own Easter eggs and raised ?454.60 for the Grace O?Gorman fund. Ms Kelleher said the students organised the entire event themselves and it gave the students a great sense of pride to help little Grace. It simply made everyone?s Easter and in particular for the students who worked so hard. We are very proud of the students as they learnt the true lesson of giving,? said Ms Kelleher.
Kathleen Mullane accepted the cheque from 6th class pupils which will go in some way to help Little Grace?s parents pay for surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Anyone who wishes to help the Grace O?Gorman fund, please send a cheque to Barry O?Meara & Co Solicitors, 18 South Mall, Cork or see http://www.graceogorman.co.uk.