RAF community at Marham in west Norfolk rallying round for Scarlett Gray, three, who is battling an aggressive form of cancer
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People at RAF Marham are rallying round to support a three-year-girl who is battling an aggressive form of cancer.
Scarlett Gray was diagnosed with neuroblastoma last August, and has since spent more time in hospital than out of it. She's currently at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge where her parents Jamie and Andrea have been keeping a bedside vigil.
Mr Gray, 30, is a personnel officer stationed at RAF Honington, near Thetford, and was previously based at RAF Marham.
He said: 'She's really poorly - bless her. She has been asleep for five days and is in terrible pain when she wakes.
'It's an horrific time of our lives, and a terrible ordeal. Scarlett has spent just 35 days out of hospital since August last year.
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'We are raising money for Scarlett to have Immunotherapy, a cancer treatment. You can get the therapy on the NHS, and Scarlett was initially down to have it as part of a clinical trial. But due to post-operative complications she missed the timescale for that.
'While there is another clinical trial starting next month that we might be able to get her onto, we will still be fundraising for the next five years, because the chances of her relapsing, even if the treatment is successful, are very high.
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'If, after five years, she's in remission, all the money raised will go back to the charities that are helping.'
The family has set a fundraising target of £400,000 for the therapy, which would increase her chances of survival from 45pc to 65pc.
Friend Danielle Walls, from Marham, has organised a fundraising open house/garden party event at the west Norfolk base, from 6pm today.
She said: 'Having three young children of my own it really hits home how fragile her little life is. We have the whole RAF community pulling together to do everything we can.'
If you can help, visit gofundme.com/wqyttxxw
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