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Can you help brave Millie get to Germany for cancer care that could save her life?

Two-year-old from Skelmersdale has battled neuroblastoma for over a year but learned this week her cancer had spread

Millie Heaton

An urgent appeal has been issued for funds to help treat a brave toddler who is battling cancer.

The family of little Millie Heaton from Skelmersdale were this week given the devastating news that her cancer has spread after a trial doctors hoped would help her failed.

Millie’s parents Lyndsay and Michael, from Skelmersdale, are now working with experts at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to consider other options for their two-year-old daughter.

These include treatment in Germany which would cost at least £350,000 and so now Millie’s family and friends are desperately working to raise the cash which could save the girl.

Family friend Katie Owen told the Advertiser: “We are all devastated by Millie's latest news.

“Being a part of Millie's fundraising team since day one I promised Lyndsay I wouldn't stop fundraising until we had every penny we needed for Millie's treatment and I won't.”

Millie was told by doctors in February that she had beaten neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer which she had been battling for more than a year.

But sadly the cancer returned in March.

 

The tot had been taking part in a Cancer Research trial at Manchester Children’s hospital but tests this week revealed the cancer had moved back to Millie’s bone marrow.

Katie said: “Lyndsay and Michael are obviously heartbroken by the news and are on information overload as to what's the next best step for Millie's future treatment.

“They have been so strong the past 15 months they are a true inspiration and I'm so proud to know them and help in any way I can.

“Millie is an absolute inspiration. It's very rare that you don’t see her smiling, she's so loving.”

Millie's great auntie Diane said: “These past few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind and everything seems to have happened all at once.

“We were devastated to be told that the cancer had returned to Millie’s bone marrow, but we always knew that it was a possibility as neuroblastoma has an 80% relapse rate.

“The trial in Manchester was unsuccessful and her cancer is now progressive, which means it’s actually got worse during her chemotherapy there.

“Millie’s consultant believes immunotherapy in Germany is our best option but we are still a long way off the amount of money needed to get us there.

“The fund has had a boost these past few days as the news about Millie has got round, but we stand at £190,000 which is just not enough to get her the vital treatment she needs.”

Millie, who is a fan of animated children’s TV character Doc Mcstuffins, is just weeks away from her third birthday.

Her family and friends will be holding a fun day to celebrate the date on June 14 at Toby Tavern Bar and Grill in Skelmersdale and anyone wanting to support the toddler are welcome to attend.

To donate to Millie’s appeal go to www.justgiving.com/TheNCCAUKMIllieRoseJourney or text your donation amount and MLLE99 to 70070.