‘Bright, intelligent and beautiful’ Kelly Turner, 17, from Dover, dies after battle with cancer
PUBLISHED: 10:03 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:03 06 November 2017
Some £600,000 was raised in a bid to fund lifesaving chemotherapy in New York
A Dover teenager for whom some £600,000 was raised has died after a battle with a rare form of cancer.
Kelly Turner, described by her parents as “bright, intelligent and beautiful” and their “best little friend [and] soulmate”, passed away at 2.45am on Monday.
The 17-year-old was diagnosed with a Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumour (DSRCT) in October 2015 and given just two years to live.
Subsequently a huge fundraising effort was launched by her family, with the aim of collecting £1m to go towards lifesaving chemotherapy at a facility in New York, after the NHS refused to carry out surgery.
More than £600,000 was raised and US president Donald Trump was even urged to support the fundraising campaign.
In a statement on social media, Kelly’s parents, Martin and Linda, said: “Thank you for supporting fundraising to save her life, In particular thank you Dover for your love. Upshot is that there is no chemotherapy for Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumours. Research to discover chemotherapy for DSRCT is imperative.”
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke tweeted: “Devastated by news that Kelly Turner passed away early this morning. Thoughts and prayers with Kelly’s family & loved ones. Rest in peace.”