This week, 52 Lives would like to help a little girl from Falkirk, Scotland, called Millie.
Millie is 3 years old and was diagnosed with a stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer a few months ago. She's in Glasgow Royal Hospital for Sick Children receiving treatment. It’s a long and gruelling process. At the stage her cancer is at, there are so many treatments needed - chemotherapy, surgery to remove the primary tumour, high dose chemotherapy with stem cell support, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and monoclonal antibody treatment. It will take around a year.
Millie’s father, Dean, works as a joiner with Falkirk Council and her mum, Lynsey, is a neo-natal nursery nurse at Forth Valley She has two brothers - Ryan, who has cerebral palsy, and Aidan. This family's life has been turned upside down, and watching Millie go through so much at such a young age is devastating for them.
They’re confident Millie will beat this but the sad truth about this type of cancer is that 80% of children who have recovered will then relapse in the following few years. Treatment is not yet available in the UK for relapses so the families affected either have to fundraise for treatment abroad or give up hope. So Millie’s family, and their local community, have begun fundraising so they can take Millie to the US for preventive treatment.
This lovely family, Dean, Lynsey, Ryan, Aidan and Millie, have so much to deal at the moment. We would love to do something kind for them to help make their life a little bit easier - or even just to bring a smile to the children's faces.