Brave cancer survivor Molly (7) gives mum and dad best Christmas ever
Big decisions lie ahead for the family of Molly McNally, who has ended the year in remission from a rare form of cancer.
Dubs mascot Molly (7), from Balbriggan, will undergo four days of assessments at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin next month.
But meanwhile, her parents Gerry and Emma are looking forward to the best Christmas ever after the worry of 26 months of treatment.
"We're in the place we wanted to be," Gerry told the Herald.
Molly was five and had started school when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma.
Since then, she has been an inspiration in the uncomplaining way she has gone through her treatment.
Molly's immunotherapy finished a couple of weeks ago, said her delighted dad.
"She has a break for Christmas and we have end-of-treatment assessments in January," he said.
For the next phase of her treatment, the family have been looking at a trial in the US.
"All going well with the results, we've been in discussions with the people in Michigan," said Gerry.
"Most importantly, we've had good discussions with Molly's medical people in Crumlin because she kind of needs a break. She's had an awful lot of radiation.
"After Christmas, we have big decisions to make."
The standard treatment for the illness typically lasts up to 16 months and involves four radiation scans, but Molly will soon have had 11.
"When you go to the States, the first thing they do is a radiation scan, so we need to work out what is the safest thing for Molly," said Gerry.
"We're not going to put her through a radiation scan in January, and then in a couple of weeks do it all over again. It's too much.
"We'll make our decisions after we've a good chat with Crumlin."
Molly has been looking forward to the arrival of Santa with a Wii U and some new games for her Nintendo DS on her list.