MUSIC is her passion.
But schoolgirl Bailey Coppack could soon be deaf if she doesn’t receive specialist treatment for a brain tumour.
The 12-year-old’s family have now launched a campaign to raise money so she and her family can go to America for proton therapy.
The ground-breaking and life-saving treatment can’t be accessed in the UK – but could be the only chance for Bailey to save her hearing and rid her of the cancerous growth.
Bailey’s mum Lisa Coppack, from Mirfield, told the Examiner she can’t believe the support the family has received from the community.
The mother-of-three said: “It’s overwhelming. My partner, Graham Ellis, is a huge Town fan and we’ve had so much support on the Huddersfield Town message boards on the Down at the Mac website.
“And we’re going to meet Dean Hoyle (inset) and Sean Jarvis to see what we can do with Town to fundraise.
“Other people have sent cheques through the post for us and offered to do challenges like the Three Peaks.”
Lisa, who works part-time for Kirklees Council, said Bailey’s school, Castle Hall, is also joining the fundraising bid.
Pupils and teachers are planning a sponsored walk from the Mirfield school to the Galpharm Stadium.
Bailey was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suddenly collapsing one day back in 2008.
Doctors have tried twice to operate and remove the tumour – but each time it has grown back.
And because the tumour is wrapped around her brain stem, specialists are worried the usual forms of radiotherapy, accessed in the UK, could paralyse her and stunt Bailey’s ability to learn.
Lisa was also devastated to learn that Bailey could go deaf with radiotherapy treatment: she has already lost her hearing in one ear.
She said: “For Bailey, losing her hearing would be terrible because she loves music so much.
“She has two iPods and she’s always got her earphones in and I’m trying to talk to her and calling her name and she can’t hear me.”
Bailey likes to listen to R‘n’B and chart-toppers Katy Perry and Jessie J.
Lisa, 39, said: “To look at her you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong with her: she’s the picture of health.
“She has a shunt in her head (a drain for excessive cerebro-spinal fluid) because the tumour is causing massive pressure on the brain.
“And she’s had to go through lots of operations to have that fitted and drained.
“She feels sick and gets headaches and we’re constantly worrying and paranoid about what could be happening.
“It affects her co-ordination and she has this walk that I call the ‘drunk walk’.”
After one operation on her head, right-handed Bailey amazingly began writing with her left hand.
Lisa is hoping the Department of Health will secure £100,000 for Bailey’s treatment.
But the family need to raise cash so they can accompany Bailey to Florida.
Lisa and partner Graham, 10-year-old sister Ellie Coppack, a Crossley Fields Junior School pupil, and brother Jamie Ellis, two, will accompany her for half of her 12-week treatment.
Bailey’s father Damian Coppack, stepmother Sue Coppack and half brother Willem hope to accompany her for the other half.
Money will go towards travel, accommodation and insurance.
Lisa, who is originally from Hampshire but has lived in Mirfield for many years, said: “It’s such an upheaval. This is a bit different to a week’s holiday but we’re trying to stay positive.”
She said that any money left over would be donated to cancer charities.
Bailey’s stepfather Graham, who runs Ellis Property Services, renovating houses around Mirfield and Huddersfield, has already set about arranging a charity auction in March.
The family hope local businesses will offer prizes that can be auctioned off.
If you think you can help, call 07812169562.