a RISING South Yorkshire pop star is using his musical talents to help a charity campaign - after having his heart stolen by the adorable toddler in whose honour the fundraising appeal has been organised.
Jay Mya has written the song, called Chasing Rainbows, for three-year-old Ebonie Webb, who has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumour.
She underwent chemotherapy at Sheffield Children’s Hospital to try to stop it from growing - but four months later her devastated parents Leanne Drummond and Michael Webb were told it had started to expand.
More chemo followed as well as surgery - but the medics had only a limited success because of its awkward location right on the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from the retina in the eye to the brain.
Radiotherapy would have been the preferred option, but the treatment was too risky because it also targets the healthy cells surrounding it in her brain.
Now the family are busy raising money to pay for pioneering proton therapy in America, a more precise form of radiation treatment which minimises the damage to healthy tissue and surrounding organs.
Jay, aged, of Rotherham, heard about their mission and penned and recorded a pop song which will go on sale at the end of this month both online via iTunes and also in HMV shops - with all cash raised to go towards the £60,000 target.
Ebonie, from Barnsley, has also been involved - designing the single cover and starring in the music video alongside Jay.
Jay said: “The song is all about chasing something that seems impossible - and although raising this amount of money might seem like such a huge thing to do, I’m determined to help in any way I can.
“As soon as I saw Ebonie’s little face I wanted to help - how could I say no? I hope that by using my network of contacts we will be able to spread the message of what we are doing and why and really give this appeal the boost it deserves.”
He said he had received good feedback from the youngster on the song - produced by NJ Ferguson and featuring South Yorkshire R&B Singer Jason Quainoo.
He said: “I’ve told her she needs to get her bag packed, because I’m certain she’s going to get to America.”
n Visit www.eboniewebb.bbnow.org to make a donation.