Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:14

Tilley rallies around Taligha and her family

Written by  Jamie Rieger
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Eight-year-old Taligha Proctor was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and since being discharged from the Alberta Children's Hospital, she and her parents Ashley Buck and Shan Proctor have been making trips to Calgary for ongoing treatments. The Tilley Hotel recently held a fundraiser that raised over $12,000 to help the family with their expenses. Eight-year-old Taligha Proctor was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and since being discharged from the Alberta Children's Hospital, she and her parents Ashley Buck and Shan Proctor have been making trips to Calgary for ongoing treatments. The Tilley Hotel recently held a fundraiser that raised over $12,000 to help the family with their expenses. Ashley Buck

Eight-year-old Taligha Proctor was in a lot of pain in April, so her parents took her to the doctor to find out the cause.


The Tilley girl was diagnosed with scoliosis and was sent to the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary.
"While there they checked her xray, did blood work and from there they found abnormalities  in her blood which led to a bonemarrow sample and a diagnosis of leukemia. They explained it to us as 'her back is in sections and one section of her back wasn’t developed fully so the fully developed section above it put pressure and compressed her spine in that area which caused an extreme amount of pain' and caught the leukemia early," said dad, Shan Proctor.
What followed was intense chemotherapy for Taligha.
They put in an ivad port located in her chest for the doctors to access easier to give fluid, medication and also draw blood when needed. She went through 29 days of intense chemo called induction which Taligha handled like a champ," said Proctor.  "She went every week for 4 weeks to get her chemo and when induction chemo was done she had another bonemarrow sample which confirms the chemo was working."
Now in remission, she is in the 98 percent survival range.
"She's in remission right now, but will be on medication for the next two-and-a-half years and she still will have to have low-dose chemo over the next eight weeks," said mom, Ashley Buck, adding that Taligha was also scheduled to get another Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) on Friday.
Taligha and her family were very satisfied with the medical staff at the Children's Hospital.
"The hospital is amazing, the doctors were wonderful to our daughter and nurses as well. My daughter's words are, 'it’s not a hospital it's more like a hotel cause they treat u so well.'"
With trips to Calgary ongoing for the family, the community of Tilley rallied together to hold a fundraiser to help them with some of their expenses. The fundraiser, which included a roast beef dinner, silent auction, 50/50 draw and prize tickets, was held at the Tilley Hotel on May 12.
"It was really good. We raised $12,500. There was very good support from the community. About 100 people came out and we had lots of things donated," said organizer of the event, Sylvia Thorlakson.
The family is very appreciative of the people in the community for taking a bit of the burden off their shoulders while Taligha continues her treatments.
"We could have never gotten through this with out the help of family and friends and the community of Tilley and Tilley hotel for putting together such an amazing fundraiser we are truly blessed to have such amazing people around us," said Proctor.

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