Wednesday 20 September 2017

'Tiny Dancer' gets new US treatment

Nick Bramhill

'TINY Dancer' Lily-Mae Morrison, inset, has successfully completed the first phase of a groundbreaking clinical trial in the US.

The courageous five-year-old, who suffers from stage four neuroblastoma, was declared cancer-free for the first time in 17 months just four weeks ago after tests revealed no traces of the killer disease.

But last week she began a new, two-year treatment programme at Helen de Vos hospital, near Michigan.

Lily-Mae will only be required to travel to the US four times a year for three days at a time for the phase II clinical trial.

But after returning home to Galway last Friday, her mother Judith Sibley said: "We are just beginning to get used to saying, 'Our daughter HAD cancer – a word we were too frightened to hope for before.

"The fear of relapse has at times been completely suffocating for us. The fear of putting her through the nightmare of treatment again is a fear too great for words."

But she added: "Lily-Mae is the 32nd child on the trial for children in remission. The trial is over a year old and there has not been one single relapse.

"We have never felt happier since before our girl's diagnosis."

A special fundraising event, 'A Day of Dance for Lily-Mae', took place yesterday at DanceHouse on Foley Street in Dublin.

Further details of fundraising events and how to donate are on www.thesunnimaetrust.ie or idonate.ie/lily.

Irish Independent

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