TIRELESS fundraising efforts means a local girl is less than £10,000 away from potentially life saving treatment.
Just more than two months after beginning their efforts, Katie and Friends — a group of Carolside parents and teachers — has raised more than £90,000 for Katie Miliken.
Katie, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year and may now need cutting-edge proton therapy, a treatment which is not available in the UK.
If the Carolside nursery pupil, who is too young to receive radiotherapy, does not need the treatment, the funds will be donated to Clic Sargent and the Samantha Dickson brain tumour trust.
In early November a close group of Katie’s family and friends launched their charity and appealed to the local community to help them reach their target of £100,000.
The response they received was overwhelming.
Help came from East Renfrewshire and beyond, with people from all over Scotland fundraising to support Katie.
Among them, Our lady of the Missions primary school, as part of their advent charity, donated £1,175. Customers and staff at the Orchard Park in Giffnock raised £1,072 on Christmas Eve and local lady Avril Thomson held a cakes for Katie afternoon, raising £778.71.
Meanwhile, schools St Joseph’s, Carolside, Williamwood, St Ninians and Woodfarm, as well as Greenbank, Cartsbridge and Williamwood churches, sold calendars and baking to raise a total of £2,685.
Crookfur primary pupils at MACS after school care raised £120 by selling cakes at school while Carolside primary donated £1,526.20 from the sale of their calendar.
Katie’s father Ken Miliken told The Extra: “Raising this amount so quickly is a testament to the community spirit.
“We anticipated it would take a long time but now we are most of the way there.
“As well as our friends, loads of strangers have helped out and that has been lovely to see.
“Knowing we will have this option of flying Katie to America for treatment removes some amount of uncertainty for us.
“The best outcome however is that she will be fit and well after chemotherapy and two good causes will benefit instead”.
Other events are in the pipeline, with a race night set for February 18 at Clarkston bowling club and a pamper night on February 3 at Carolside primary.
You can find out more, or help out by visiting www.katieandfriends.org.uk.