from page 1Former Hillcrest Primary pupil’s fighting chance

2016-09-06 06:00
Bayleigh Ellis has to fight for survival every day. Photo: SUPPLIED

Bayleigh Ellis has to fight for survival every day. Photo: SUPPLIED

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Speaking to the Fever Diane May, a family friend, who is assisting with social media fund-raising drives, said when she met the little girl, she realised she couldn’t sit back and do nothing to help her.

“I met Bayleigh at The Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre [In Johannesburg], and she grabbed a huge part of my heart the second I saw her sitting on her hospital bed, drip in arm and playing snap with mom Veronica. I then decided to take on this 'project' personally, and I am asking ‘prayer warriors’ to join me in prayer for a speedy healing and recovery for this little body.
“I have put Bayleigh's bank account details on a Facebook page should anybody feel led to donate, no matter how small, to assist [Bayleigh].”
May updates the page daily, and coming from a medical background, she knows the day-to-day out-of-hospital costs this little girl’s family will incur.

“From not wanting to eat for days to craving her favourite food, she also has to have a compulsory daily shake that costs R35 a day, mouth-care products and creams and medication not covered by medical aid, so the least I can do is get her basic needs covered.
“Above all though, we need her to be healed by the ‘great physician’, so prayers and 'likes' and encouraging messages on her page will be more than we could ask for.”
Apart from helping Bayleigh, May asks people to donate blood as this can save the lives of many.

Bayleigh’s mom, Veronica Bruinette Ellis thanked May for the help in trying to get her little girl to “bounce back”. “We are so grateful to May for all her help, there are days when Bayleigh is so down and out, yet May arrives with hope for the both of us. I hope people out there will help in any way they can to give my daughter a second chance.”

Medulloblastoma is the most common type of paediatric malignant primary brain tumor (cancer), originating in the part of the brain that is towards the back and the bottom, on the floor of the skull, in the cerebellum or posterior fossa

For more information, or to find out how to help, contact May on 082 409 4744 or email

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