Council employee is braving the skies for jump of a life time to help young relative battling cancer

Posted on: 21 February 2019

Customer First Officer, Levetta Cottrell, will be taking part in a 15,000ft sky dive in an effort to help raise money to send her niece abroad for ongoing cancer treatment.

Levetta, who has worked for the council for almost 5 years, will be cheered on by a host of relatives as she undertakes the tandem sky dive from Dunkeswell airfield on the 22nd of February, which coincides with half term week.

The aim of the challenge is to raise enough money to send Levetta’s niece, Cayla, to the USA for treatment which is not currently available on the NHS and only available abroad.

Cayla, aged only 4, was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in July 2018.  Neuroblastoma is a rare childhood cancer that affects only 100 children in the UK each year.  Cayla is currently undergoing chemotherapy & radiotherapy treatment at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and has bravely fought everything thrown at her so far.

Levetta said:

“Cayla is a much loved part of our family and as a parent myself, the thought of my child facing cancer is unimaginable.  Cayla is a sassy four year old and has faced this with such courage.  I want to be able to help with the fundraising and this is a way I can do that.

“She’s been through chemotherapy and is now undergoing radiotherapy with more treatment ahead of her.  I have to be brave for one day and jump out of a plane.  To be honest, I can’t believe I am going to do it!  It was an idea that came into my head and now I’m going for it.”

Image of Cayla
Neuroblastoma forms in certain types of nerve tissue, most frequently starting from one of the adrenal glands, but can also develop in the neck, chest and spine, or in Cayla’s case, the abdomen.  Symptoms include bone pain, a lump in the abdomen, neck, or chest, or a painless bluish lump under the skin.

A fundraising charity called Cayla’s Fight has been setup by Cayla’s family, which is being supported by the Bradley Lowrey Foundation.  The money raised from Levetta’s sky dive will contribute towards travel expenses and specialist treatment intended to reduce the chance of relapsing, once Cayla has reached remission.

To find out more about Cayla’s Fight, you can follow her Facebook and Instagram pages.  If you would like to help Cayla by sponsoring Levetta’s sky dive, you can donate via her JustGiving or Bradley Lowrey Foundation pages.

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