Goodbye baby Hallie: Little girl who captured nation’s hearts loses cancer battle
Thousands, including celebrities like Ashley Cain, Tom Grennan and Danny Care, rallied to raise funds for Hallie after her Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukaemia (JMML) – a chronic blood cancer – meant she needed money for an experimental treatment only available in the US.
Metro has followed Hallie’s journey since July, as her parents Kim Wileman, 30, and Jamie Reeve, 34, attempted to raise the £1 million needed for her CAR T-cell therapy.
The Rally for Hallie fundraiser reached £870,091 but sadly mum Kim took to Instagram today to announce that baby Hallie passed away on Sunday November 19, after battling JMML for more than a year.
Parents Kim and Jamie had just celebrated Hallie’s second birthday on October 17, but two weeks later brought her home from the hospital after it became apparent there was ‘no further treatment for Hallie’ and they opted to begin palliative care.
Kim wrote on her Instagram: ‘Nothing will ever be the same again, nor will I. Life has shattered my hopes and dreams but I promise you (Hallie), you will live on through me and I will forever keep your memory alive.
‘I wish more than anything you could have stayed with me, but you are just too good for this world.
‘I love you and miss you more than I can ever express. It hurts so deeply. My body is aching for you but when I close my eyes I can still feel you holding my hand and please hold mummy’s hand forever.
‘My love for you will never end, it grows more every day. Rest in perfect peace my little superstar.’
She described Hallie as ‘the most gentle, loving, funny, caring and beautiful little girl’ with ‘the purest soul’ and an ‘infectious smile’.
The family’s appeal for funds for the CAR T-cell therapy in the US Received the backing of former pro footballer and reality star Ashley Cain, who lost his daughter Azaylia to cancer in 2020.
He wrote at the time: ‘What a beautiful little girl. Sending my love, my strength and prayers your way. Also, my hand in help.’