Parents who asked the public for help after their daughter was diagnosed with cancer have been overwhelmed by the response they received.
Generous donations will help heavily pregnant Stephanie Adams, from Gildersome, stay with her two-year-old daughter, Myla, when she goes to America for treatment on a rare type of tumour – but the family still has some way to go.
Money worries were raised when Stephanie, 26, realised she would have to make the costly and complicated decision to have her baby abroad or be away from her daughter while she is in hospital.
After the total amount pledged passed £5,000 Stephanie said: “It’s amazing and unbelievable, people have been so generous. We were absolutely gobsmacked with the response. We kept getting email after email saying people had donated. During the week the total was increasing by almost £1,000 a day.”
The total amount raised now stands at £6,420.
Stephanie said the amount raised so far would go a long way to pay for her family’s living costs while in America, but they may be faced with a bill of $10,000-$20,000 if the baby is delivered abroad and have repeated their plea for help.
They were advised to set a “realistic” figure rather than the total amount they needed because they would have received nothing if it was not reached.
The family will also hold a fundraiser at Moorlands Cricket Club in Mirfield on August 23, which will include a bouncy castle, face-painting, barbecue and other family activities.
They have received a ball signed by Leeds United players and a signed Embrace boxset to auction on the day.
Stephanie and husband Tony, 28, said their world “came crashing down in an instant” when Myla was diagnosed in June.
Myla will be treated with proton beam therapy by experts in Jacksonville, Florida.
The treatment is an alternative to radiotherapy and should result in fewer long-term side effects.
The NHS will fund Myla’s treatment, as well as the family’s flights and accommodation during that period of time.
In the meantime they will have to keep up with bills and mortgage payments at home, as well as the possibility they maybe faced with medical bills and additional living costs if they have to stay in America longer than they expected after Stephanie gives birth.
None of those costs or ongoing bills and mortgage payments at home would be covered by the health service.
Visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/mylasjourney to help or facebook.com/mylasjourney for more information.