Ruby Young Smashes Cancer
In 2015 we reported that over £10,000 was raised by East Kent Freemasons to help pay for treatment for two-year old Ruby Young. Ruby, who lives in Rainham, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a serious form of childhood cancer – with just a 45% chance of surviving it. She was undergoing treatment with the NHS but her family was seeking to raise funds for treatment in the USA should it be needed.
Freemasons in the Medway Towns and further afield generously responded to the appeal. With matched-funding from the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity, in March 2015, Ruby’s mother Vikki, was presented with a cheque for £10,330.
The appeal went on to reach the target of £500,000 by the summer of 2015 after just eleven months of fundraising. The money raised for Ruby was lodged with the charity NCCA-UK – now renamed “Solving Kids’ Cancer”.
Since then Ruby has continued with treatment under the NHS, including several operations. There have been ups and downs along the way but she has made progress.
Throughout it all, Ruby attended pre-school then Reception and is now in Year One at Thames View Infant School in Rainham. She is also a ballet enthusiast and can be seen in one of her ballet costumes.
In November 2017, in front of a Facebook Live audience of several thousand people, a very happy Ruby announced: “I don’t have cancer”. The family were delighted to have been advised that Ruby’s cancer was in remission.
Ruby’s family are now planning for her to receive a neuroblastoma vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of the disease. This will mean a trip to the USA and, if it goes ahead, some of the money raised in 2015 will be used to fund the treatment.