Fundraiser is launched for NI girl Kodi (10) who's battling brain tumour at German clinic
A 10-year-old girl is facing six months of treatment after being diagnosed with a brain tumour - and she needs your help.
Kodi Brown, from Killinchy, Co Down, is undergoing pioneering immunotherapy at a clinic in Germany because the treatment is not available on the NHS.
Friends have launched a crowdfunding campaign called 'Kodi's Krew' to help pay for the expensive treatment and accommodation for her family in Germany.
They are aiming to raise £150,000 and the campaign raised £15,000 in its first day.
Kodi's family have been in Germany for two weeks and have self-funded the treatment so far.
Each week of immunotherapy treatment costs €6,000 (£5,332). Additionally, each MRI scan costs €950 (£844), and this week she had an IV port fitted at a cost of €2,500 (£2,221).
Kodi's treatment is expected to last six months in total and mum Gemma is staying with her in the clinic.
Her dad Andy, brother Blake and her grandparents are staying in a nearby village.
The Killinchy Primary School pupil became ill while playing at a friend's house on February 20.
She was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with a viral infection and given antibiotics, antivirals and anti-seizure medication.
After spending three weeks in hospital she returned home to continue her recovery, but the seizures continued.
She had an MRI scan in May and her family were devastated to discover that the swelling around her brain had not gone down.
After four more weeks in hospital, Kodi was diagnosed with a brain tumour. A number of events are being planned in the coming months by the team behind Kodi's Krew to help the youngster and her family.
Her brother plays for Glentoran U10s and the club have lent their support to the fundraiser.
"Kodi's family are suffering great pain at the moment, as we all would if it was one of our own children, so anything the Glentoran family can do to help save this young girl's life will be greatly appreciated," the club said.
Family friend Laura McDonald is part of the team behind the fundraiser.
She said that they had been overwhelmed since launching their campaign on Thursday.
"We will be fundraising throughout Kodi's stay in Germany and we want to keep the momentum going," she said.
"Locally, Florida Manor have given us their site for a big coffee morning and fun day, and that will be happening in September.
"Local businesses have also been very generous about donations and Kodi's school, Killinchy Primary, are also getting behind the campaign.
"The response has been unbelievable, it's very overwhelming.
"The generosity of people is just fantastic, we could only imagine it would get so much publicity."
Lauren added: "There were no signs. She's a great, vibrant girl, who loves being outdoors and she just collapsed while playing.
"She's the most amazing little girl, we keep in contact quite regularly and she's so kind.
"She's more interested in my problems than our own. We often talk about food.
"They are struggling on. It is very daunting and they are in a foreign country, but seeing people's support and the love that they send really spurs them on and gives them so much hope."
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/kodiskrew or search Kodi's Krew on Facebook