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Fundraiser launched for Northern Ireland girl (10) battling brain tumour

By Gareth Cross

A fundraising campaign has been launched for a 10-year-old girl facing a six month stay in a German clinic after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Kodi Brown from Killinchy, Co Down is undergoing pioneering immunotherapy at the clinic because the treatment is not available on the NHS.

Family friends have launched a crowdfunding campaign called 'Kodi's Krew' to help pay for the expensive medical treatment and for accommodation for Kodi's family in Germany.

The group are aiming to raise £150k and the campaign raised £15k in just one day.

The family have been in Germany for two weeks and have self funded the treatment so far.

Each week of treatment costs €6,000 (£5,320), each MRI scan costs €950 and this week Kodi had an IV port fitted at a cost of €2,500.

Kodi's treatment is expected to last six months in total and her mum Gemma is staying with her in the clinic, but her dad Andy, brother Blake and grandparents are staying in a nearby village.

The Killinchy Primary School pupil first became ill when playing at a friends 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.

Kodi seemed to be recovering and her family were hopeful she would be able to return to school for the last month of P6.

She received an MRI scan in May and her family were devastated to discover that the swelling had not gone down.

After four 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 Kodi and her family.

Her brother, Blake currently plays for Glentoran U10s and the club have lent their support to the fundraiser.

"We are appealing to everyone connected with ours and other clubs and businesses who would like to help to please donate what you can to the funding page which has been set up for her," a Glentoran FC spokesperson said.

"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." 

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