Dec 19 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
MILLIE Heaton’s family has only one wish this Christmas – that their daughter can come home for the festive period.
Millie is currently recovering at Alder Hey hospital after having a stem cell transplant to restore her bone marrow which had been depleted by gruelling chemotherapy.
The two-year-old is fighting against stage four neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer which began as a tumour in her stomach and then spread to her bone marrow.
The Skelmersdale toddler’s bone marrow is now clear of the cancer and her immune system is recovering after the intensive transplant.
Millie will now have scans in January to see if her bone marrow has remained clear before she undergoes a course of radiotherapy.
Diane Clarke, Millie’s great aunt, said: “The stem cell transplant went really well but Millie has been quite poorly as a result of it.
“She’s had a few infections and the doctors didn’t know what was causing them but they’ve found out now and are treating it correctly so hopefully she’ll be home in time for Christmas
“If she could come home, it would be brilliant for the whole family; we’re just keeping our fingers crossed.”
Joanne Heaton, Millie’s great aunt, has organised a balloon release on Christmas Day to raise money and awareness for Millie and neuroblastoma.
Balloons with Millie's name on will be released at Beacon Point and each balloon will include a tag with how people can donate to her appeal fund.
For every £1.50 donated, a balloon will be released and the response from the public has been good so far.
Diane said: “The public have been really supportive of Millie and we’re really grateful to them.
People can donate through Joanne Just Giving Page or by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org