Family's delight as brave Molly gets the all-clear
Published 09/09/2015 | 12:50
Gerry McNally said that finding out that his daughter Molly is in remission from cancer was like "winning the Lotto."
The devoted dad said it was the words that the family have waited 22-and-a-half months to hear, since the seven-year-old was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
Molly is still undergoing treatment, with more scans and assessments to follow.
However, her latest scans were clear, meaning that the brave Dubs mascot is in remission.
"There are a lot of emotions you go through, waiting. So many times, we were so close," said Gerry. "To us, it's our winning the Lotto, Molly being told she is in remission."
Molly from Balbriggan has fought a huge battle for nearly two years to get to this point.
"She had an awful lot of extra chemotherapy. It's just the nature of the beast you are up against," said Gerry.
"I think the biggest thing for us was just relief."
Brave Molly has been undergoing immunotherapy, and is attending Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin every day this week. "She has 14 weeks to go," Gerry said.
Molly will hopefully finish up her treatment just before Christmas. After this, the assessments and scans will be done again, and hopefully she is still in remission, Gerry said.
At that point, her treatment protocol will be finished at the Crumlin hospital.
Gerry said that he and his wife Emma will sit down at that stage and talk with Molly's consultant.
They are hoping to go to the States with Molly where a trial is taking place at a hospital over there.
The information coming back in relation to it is very good, according to Gerry.
"We are going to take advice from Molly's medical team. All going well, we hope to be going very early in the New Year," he said. The trial is taking place in the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan.
"We are in a very good position," he said.
Molly was at Croke Park last weekend where she was delighted with Bernard Brogan's 56th-minute goal, and a win for the team over Mayo.
But the family - who support the team at all the games - have so far unfortunately been unable to get tickets for the much-anticipated final later this month in Croke Park when the Dubs take on Kerry.