Tuesday 17 October 2017

Mother of critically sick child worries recent charity scandals will impact life-saving fundraising

Robyn Smyth (11) is back in the US for cancer tests Photo: Facebook
Robyn Smyth (11) is back in the US for cancer tests Photo: Facebook
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The mother of brave little Robyn Smith (11) is desperately trying to raise money as Robyn returned to the US today for life-saving tests.

Robyn from Dublin has been fighting cancer for the last eight years. She was diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma cancer in September 2007 and after four years in remission Robyn’s cancer returned in 2013.

She was treated in Ireland until last year when her disease progressed and she’s in the US to have vital scans to see how she is progressing. She had small traces of cancer at the base of her spine several weeks ago when last checked by US medics.

Her mother Bernadette said she’s worried recent charity scandals will prevent people for raising money for Robyn.

Robyn “blanks out” her illness because she doesn’t want to be “the sick child”. Photo: Facebook
Robyn “blanks out” her illness because she doesn’t want to be “the sick child”. Photo: Facebook

“After funding all Robyn’s treatments in America for the past year her funds are now running low.  In order to keep Robyn on this trial for the next two years we need to raise an additional €200,000,” she said.  

She said constant fundraising over the past three years and the recent charity scandals are making it very difficult to raise the much needed funds.

“People are good they know Robyn is not a big charity so I don’t think they see it the same way as other charities. I was shocked myself when I heard about what has gone on. We try to save money every way possible and everyone that helps us volunteers. The money we fundraise is only used for flights, treatment and accommodation when were away,” said Bernadette.

She said Robyn “blanks out” her illness because she doesn’t want to be “the sick child”.

“She never wants to be told about appointments she just wants to get on with it so she can get on with doing something fun. She hides it from other children; she just wants to be normal.

“She has been having such a normal summer and she feels good. The last scan was good so she started a new trial which tries to prevent the disease taking over again.”

Bernadette said she’s so “grateful” to everyone that has helped fundraise money for Robyn so far.

“She is here today because of them,” she said.

You can donate to Robyn’s treatment in the US here:www.gofundme.com/robynslife

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