Saturday 16 December 2017

Fundraising event to help little Molly McNally's fight against cancer

Jerome Reilly

Jerome Reilly

Little Molly McNally’s brave fight against Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a serious childhood cancer, has touched the hearts of her community since it was featured on

For her mum and dad Emma and Gerry McNally, Molly’s cancer diagnosis was a bombshell.

Molly is five years old and began to feel unwell just as she had started school. She was brought to the GP by her parents.

She was treated for constipation and had routine blood tests done which showed that she had low iron levels. Emma and Gerry were given tips about her diet, but her illness continued.

One day, as he was walking Molly to school, Gerry noticed that she was walking with a slight limp. She was brought to hospital, where for five days she had countless blood tests, a pelvic ultrasound, X-rays and a battery of other tests.

Finally, one doctor suggested that she have an abdominal ultrasound and once that was done a CT scan was ordered immediately. At 4.20pm on October 22, 2013, Molly was diagnosed with cancer.

“It’s devastated us. It’s broken our hearts but Molly keeps us strong,” Gerry told the Sunday Independent.

Molly’s mum Emma said that as well as a significant tumour over a right kidney, which has now been successfully shrunk by chemotherapy, the cancer also attacked her bone marrow and bones as well as her lymph nodes.

Tomorrow a fund raising event for Molly has been organised by neighbours 

A coffee / bake sale day in aid of the Molly McNally Trust will take place in the Balscadden Community hall, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

The event is timed from 9.30 until 4pm with lots of children-friendly events including facepainting.

Molly has her own Facebook page 'Molly McNally Miracle Trust' and her own webpage with further details about fundraising,

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