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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Return to hospital for brave 'tiny dancer' Lily-Mae

'TINY dancer' Lily-Mae Morrison (4) will return to hospital this weekend for an intensive seven weeks of treatment in an isolation bed.

Lily-Mae (pictured), from Claregalway, Co Galway, captured the hearts of the nation last month when a cover version of Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer' was recorded in her honour. It almost topped the Christmas singles chart, coming in at number two.

Lily-Mae suffers from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects between six and eight children in Ireland every year.

Tomorrow, she will go into isolation at Crumlin Children's Hospital.

Her mother Judith said: "She will have a week of high-dose chemotherapy, followed by six weeks of stem cell rebuild."

She described the next stage of treatment as "extremely dangerous", saying it was vital that Lily-Mae avoids any infections.

After the seven-week programme, Lily-Mae will receive further radiotherapy and chemotherapy up to November, when an 18-month treatment course she is undergoing is scheduled to end.

Judith, a professional ballet dancer, is busy organising various events to raise €750,000 to pay for specialist medical treatment that she fears her daughter will require in the US if her cancer returns.

She added: "There's a 70pc chance she will relapse and if that happens we're in a really bad place.

"We would need to take Lily-Mae abroad if the cancer comes back, so I need to keep the campaign going and raise a lot of money."

For further information, see www.sunnimaetrust.ie.

Irish Independent

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