‘Our best little friend Kelly has gone…’
A terminally ill teenager who Hollywood star James McAvoy gave £50,000 to, has lost her fight for life.
Kelly Turner was hoping to fly to America after her family battled for two years to raise money for immunotherapy treatment.
Sadly, this week they put out a statement saying: “Our best little friend, soulmate, bright, intelligent and beautiful Kelly sadly passed away at 02:45 Monday 6th November.
“Thank you for supporting fundraising to save her life, In particular thank you DOVER for your love.
“Upshot is that there is NO Chemotherapy for Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumours. Research to discover Chemotherapy for DSRCT is imperative.”
Kelly needed to raise more than a million pounds to stay alive and became the ‘darling’ of the celebs.
The X-Men’s McAvoy visited Kelly, from Dover in Kent, at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea and they had a chat and shared selfies.
Then, a few days later, a massive donation appeared on her JustGiving page with the message: “Great to meet you the other day Kelly. I hope this helps you achieve your goal sooner rather than later. Good luck luv James.”
Because of the actor’s donation, the family was almost half-way to their target.
Kelly’s dad Martin said: “James decided to come and visit and spent a lot of time talking to Kelly. She managed got selfies with him, so that’s another celebrity she met.”
The teenager also met the Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson who posed for a snap at her bedside.
She’s also visited the Coronation Street studios where she met Simon Gregson who plays Steve McDonald.
Kaiser Chiefs front man Ricky Wilson called in at the Royal Marsden Hospital and gave Kelly a drum skin signed by himself and his bandmates.
It’s not the first time Kelly has met a rock star. In August last year, the 16-year-old met Canadian singer Bryan Adams at a concert in Canterbury. He passed a bucket through the crowd, helping raise £10,000 for Kelly’s cancer fund.
Kelly wrote on Facebook Kelly Turner Fundraising page: “I’m hoping to do my GCSEs before we go. I’ve been waiting two years and there’s a little more time.
“Luckily, at the moment my tumours are stable and the new chemotherapy has shrunk them a bit and they’re showing less activity, so as long as they are stable we won’t be going until June.
“However, if there is a significant increase of activity or size in the tumours then we will immediately be going.”
Kelly was given two years to live in October 2015 when she was struck with the desmoplastic round cell tumours, a type of sarcoma suffered by only 30 teenagers a year worldwide.
She needs to raise £1 million ($1.2 million) for the full treatment but an initial £400,000-plus for the surgery. It is not available to her on the NHS.
Her studies in St Edmund’s RC School had last year been curtailed by her illness and the constant chemotherapy trips to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, London.
She had undergone an exhausting nine rounds by last June.
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York wanted an estimated $500,000 dollars upfront for the surgery and around another $700,000 was needed for follow-up immunotherapy.
DESMOPLASTIC SMALL ROUND CELL TUMOUR
- This rare cancer is an aggressive tumour that typically begins in the abdomen or pelvis.
- This rare type of soft tissue sarcoma generally affects teenagers and young adults, primarily boys.
- In young women, it’s sometimes mistaken for ovarian cancer.
- The prognosis is poor, but patients with inoperable tumours can benefit from low doses of chemo, turning the disease into a chronic illness.