A TODDLER is reportedly free from a rare and aggressive form of cancer after her parents sold their home and sought celebrity help to fund pioneering treatment in Barcelona.
Ka’iulani Forbes, 3, was diagnosed with ganglio-neuroblastoma two years ago, and after exhausting all treatment options in her home country, New Zealand, parents Moana and Manihera, began looking overseas for hope.
They believed Ka’iulani’s only chance of survival was to travel across the world and take part in a clinical trial in Barcelona, at a cost of €265,000.
The only obstacle was raising the cash, so the Forbes’ sold their home in Hamilton, and launched an appeal to help save their daughter’s life.
A DJ, Dom Harvey, from The Edge radio station in New Zealand, immediately got on board, running five marathons in five days and giving the family’s plight continual airtime.
The combined efforts paid off and the target was reached, allowing the family to travel to Barcelona, aware that there was only a 20 per cent chance the trial would get Ka’iulani into remission.
They stayed in Spain for four months, and having returned to New Zealand, appeared on The Edge last week to share their wonderful news with listeners, revealing that ‘basically, she’s out of the woods’.
Dad, Manihera, said doctors in Barcelona explained the tumours would stay in her body, but they expect them to ‘stay dead’ while Ka’iulani grows.
As she gets older, the rest of her body should grow around the tumours.
The family continue to raise funds and awareness about child cancer.