Feb 6 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
MILLIE Heaton has beaten cancer.
The two-year-old’s bone marrow test results came back clear of disease on Monday, much to the delight of her family, friends and supporters.
However Millie still faces a six-month course of radiotherapy and immunotherapy to try and minimise the risk of her neuroblastoma returning.
Lyndsay Heaton, Millie’s mum, said: “Millie has gone through so much, harsh chemotherapy, a 10-hour operation, a stem cell transplant and she is also due to start radiotherapy.
“We have spent more time at Alder Hey than at home. The protocol we were first shown lasted just over 12 months, but she didn't stay on protocol as the bone marrow proved tough to clear.
“Millie's journey still has a long way to go but we’re hopeful this year will see the end of treatment.
“She has shown such strength throughout this year, she amazes me and every person she meets. She seems to touch people and they can’t help but care about her. Millie's such a little character you can’t help but love her.”
To date the appeal stands at £47,415.70 but fundraising for Millie is now more important than ever in case she relapses.
80% of children will relapse in the first five years if they beat neuroblastoma.
Lyndsay said: “Fundraising is still a big part in Millie's recovery, if the neuroblastoma should come back there is no clear pathway in the UK other than a few trials that she may be eligible for, but nothing is certain.
“The only place we know she would definitely get treated is abroad and this can cost up to £500,000, so please keep continuing to fundraise for our beautiful girl.
“We hope she will never need to use this money and another child will benefit from it but we never know.”