Family's joy as 'Tiny Dancer' Lily-Mae celebrates end of cancer treatment
‘Tiny dancer’ Lily-Mae Morrison, whose cancer battle touched the hearts of the nation, has a very special reason to celebrate Christmas this year, as she has just successfully completed a ground-breaking clinical trial.
The seven-year-old and her friends came together for a very special ‘end of treatment’ party yesterday afternoon at Loughwell Park in Moycullen, Co Galway.
Fourteen of her friends joined her at the pet farm for the celebration, which was also attended by delighted family members.
“Lily-Mae was declared in remission in October 2013. Crumlin Hospital saved her life,” mum Judith (41) said.
“Her father Leighton and I decided to enrol her on a Phase Two clinical trial in Michigan – the hospital is called Helen DeVos,” she explained.
The trial involved a drug called DFMO, and it’s aimed at preventing the neuroblastoma relapsing.
Lily-Mae took three oral tablets, morning and night, for the past two years, and she took her last tablets last Wednesday.
“We had a massive cake with 3,650 written on it – because that’s how many DFMO tablets she has taken,” said Judith.
The doll-shaped cake, as requested by Lily-Mae, was gifted by Hannah B’s Bakery.
“It’s all done. We go out to Grand Rapids where the hospital is in Michigan on January 2 for her end-of-treatment scan, and that is it – but we will continue to scan her twice a year for the next two years,” said Judith.
“All that we want is for her to stay well for the rest of her life.”