The #Nation was rocked by news this week that former Glasgow Tigers and current Dunfermline Kings Head Coach Alex Paterson’s daughter, Elizabeth, has been diagnosed with a retinoblastoma behind her left eye. She’s not yet 2 years old.
Retinoblastoma is a rare type of eye cancer that can affect young children (usually under five years of age). Thankfully, if it’s picked up early, retinoblastoma can often be successfully treated – however for Coach Paterson, his wife Corry, and their family there are tough times ahead as little Ellie will need regular trips from their family home in Scotland, down to Birmingham for treatment.
The response from the #BritballNation has already been overwhelmingly supportive, but we know there’s yet more of the ‘Nation who weren’t yet aware of Ellie’s situation and will be eager to offer their support!
Coach Paterson, his family, and the Dunfermline Kings would love to hear from you with your messages of support and comfort, and you can also directly assist Ellie and her family thanks to a gofundme page set up by Ellie’s Aunt, Kaleigh Brown, currently living in Canada.
The goal of the page is to raise enough funds to help Alex and Corry cover some of the costs that will be incurred ensuring Ellie gets the very best treatment, with the ultimate goal being to support the Paterson family with a return to Canada so they can be near family, and the superb treatment facilities at SickKids, Toronto.
You too can help Ellie, simply by visiting the gofundme page and making any donation you can afford – and even if you don’t have anything to spare at present, you can still help out by clicking ‘share’ and helping spread the word about how others can help this #BallerInTheMaking