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Okanagan Girl Fights Rare Cancer

A 4-year-old girl from Okanagan is battling a rare cancer.

Rylie Nicholls has been on her long journey since her third birthday. Her parents took her to her emergency room after noticing severe limp and her fever. After tests, they were told it might be cancer and she was sent to BC Children's Hospital. “We have been in treatment for 13 months. She has had 6 induction chemo, high dose radiation and 12 radiation treatments. I had a transplant," said Toni Nichols, Riley's mother.

Rylie was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic neuroblastoma. This is a rare form of cancer. She was one of the first children in BC to be diagnosed with, and currently has no cure. But money from the Dream Lottery could help change that.

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All the money could literally change Rylie's outlook," said Nicholls.

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Tickets are currently on sale for the 2022 BC Children's Hospital Foundation Dream Lottery. Prizes include her million dollar home in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan.

"The lottery is very important in supporting the research being done at BC Children's Hospital," said Surina Sproul, vice president of marketing and communications for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. says.

Lotteries fund clinical trials and research that help hospitalized children fight childhood cancer and rare diseases.

“The future of their care really lies in research. They're here to push the boundaries of what's possible," says Sproul.

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As more tickets are sold, the Dream Lottery gives kids like Riley a chance to compete.

"Every dollar spent on these tickets is helping kids like Riley and kids like her best friend in the hospital," Nichols said.

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Tickets are available online at the BC Children's Hospital Foundation website and direct from Save on Food and London Drugs I can do it. The draw is he scheduled for November 10th.

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