Katie and friends

A GROUP of Carolside parents and teachers are set to unveil their plans next week to help save a young girl’s life.

Katie Milliken was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year and she may now need cutting-edge proton therapy which is not available in the UK.

As a result, the fundraising effort dubbed Katie & Friends is set to launch on Thursday November 3 in an attempt to raise £100,000 to fly Katie for America for treatment. .

The four-year-old is too young to receive radiotherapy and the alternative, proton therapy, does not damage healthy brain cells.

If Katie does not need the treatment, all funds raised will be donated to Clic Sargent and the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour trust.

Carolside Nursery headteacher Carol Frew, deputy head Clare Harker and Katie’s teacher Christine Murphy, along with parents of Katie’s friends — Jacqui Frame, Lynn Scott and Jenn Ferguson and Mike Ferguson — have joined together to spearhead the effort.

Mike’s daughter Sophie is in the same nursery class as Katie and he has vowed to help out whatever way he can.

“We hope the community will get behind a little girl who very much needs our support”, said Mike, “we have a number of plans in the pipeline including a ceilidh and a ladies night”.

“We are determined to reach our target of £100,000”.

Katie’s mum, Louise, a 37-year-old from Clarkston, added: “Our lives have been turned upside down since Katie was diagnosed.

“We would have been willing to sell our house to raise the money to fly her to America for treatment.

“Now my husband and I have been overwhelmed that Katie’s teachers and friends are making such a huge effort to fundraise for us.

“We are totally indebted to them”.

Katie was a typical, boisterous three and a half year old girl until her nursery teacher, Christine Murphy began to notice that she was unsteady and had a tremor in her right hand in December of last year.

This led to the young girl being sent for a scan at Yorkhill Hospital and after being diagnosed, she was transferred immediately to the Southern General for emergency surgery.

She has been in and out of hospital ever since and will undergo chemotherapy for the next 18 months.

The charity launch night will take place on November 3 at Clark & Sons at 7.30pm.

You can find out more, or donate at www.katieandfriends.org.uk.