'Beautiful angel' Siobhán in dire need of treatment in USA for rare cancer

Brave two-year-old daughter of Glencar couple fighting for her life after rare cancer diagnosis

Two-year-old Siobhán Mather, whose parents are from Glencar, is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with a very rare form of child cancer
Two-year-old Siobhán Mather, whose parents are from Glencar, is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with a very rare form of child cancer

Fergus Dennehy

The two-year-old daughter of Glencar couple, Sarah and Anthony Mather, now living in London, has been left fighting for her life after she was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of child cancer.

Siobhán Mather, who is in the early stages of her chemotherapy at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, is described by all who meet her as a "beautiful angel". She is described as having brought fun and feistiness to her family's life. Her independent character is a joy for everyone around her to experience.  

She was just two years' old when she was taken to the GP by her parents, who had noticed that she had become lethargic. After being referred to the Barnet General Hospital in North London, it was discovered that Siobhán had a tumour; she was then transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital where she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a very rare cancer which only affects 100 children per year in the UK.

Due to the high chance of relapse with this form of neuroblastoma, Siobhán is in critical need of clinical trials abroad, in this case the US; the total cost of the Siobhán's treatment along with all other associated travelling abroad costs, is estimated at £220,000 (€250,000).

"She is the bravest two-year-old girl that I have ever seen and she is taking everything that this terrible disease can throw at her in her stride," said Stephanie Kelleher, organiser of a fundraising drive for Siobhán's treatment.

"I had only seen photos of Siobhán on Facebook but I got to meet her in person just before Christmas and I just couldn't get her out of my  head. I felt I had to do something. Having small children myself, I would hope everyone would do the same and rally together for me," Stephanie continued. 

In order to get access to this alternative treatment, Siobhán's family and friends are fundraising to give help give Siobhán an extra chance of fighting the disease.

"It would really help even if you can spare just £1 towards her treatment. She is an amazing little girl and she deserves every chance to live her life," Stephanie finished.

So far, almost £45,000 of the £220,000 has been raised for Siobhán's fight; the link to the JustGiving fundraising page can be found on ‘The Kerryman’ Facebook page or at the link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/thebradleyloweryfoundation/siobhanmather.

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