Community rallies around girl fighting eye cancer

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London Lions Club members Gary and Anita Likens (far left) and club President Skeeter Nelson (far right) present a $1,000 donation to Cole, Brayli and Renee McClaskie. Brayli McClaskie is undergoing treatment for a rare form of eye cancer.

(Posted March 25, 2021)

Retinoblastoma (RB) is a rare form of eye cancer that usually effects children. Lilly Chapel resident Brayli McClaskie, who is not quite 2 years old, was diagnosed with RB last year and has undergone treatments at Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Brayli’s right eye is now stable, however, her left eye still contains cancer. Brayli will go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for specialized chemotherapy. The treatment involves running a wire from the trunk of her body to a spot behind her left eye to directly treat the cancer. This cycle of treatment could last four to six months.

Brayli’s parents, Cole and Renee McClaskie, are both self-employed. As such, they have flexibility in their schedules but do not have paid time off or a health savings plan. They rely heavily on family and friends to take care of their other two children as they seek the best care they can for Brayli.

The London Lions Club learned of Brayli’s fight through her grandmother, Bridget McClaskie, and family friend, Liz Finchum, a Lions Club member.  The club donated $1,000 to the family to help with expenses.

“We are so pleased to be able to help this family out” said Lions President Skeeter Nelson.

Friends have organized a poker run to raise funds for the family. The event is set for April 17 and will start and end at Blackwood Tavern, 13665 Era Rd, Mount Sterling. Registration starts at 11 a.m. The run takes place from noon to 5 p.m.  Anyone can stop by to make a donation, or purchase raffle and auction items.

For further information, contact Renee McClaskie at (740) 207-1090, go to the “Pray for Bray” Facebook page, or visit #Prayforbray on Twitter.

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