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Like most girls her age, 11 years old Isabella enjoys Disney, crafting and playing with her friends. Strong and positive, her maturity is way beyond her years!
Sadly however, Isabella has spent much of her childhood in hospital, fighting hard to be where she is today. She was diagnosed in October 2010 with high risk neuroblastoma, when she was 3 ½ years old. Having gone through a grueling treatment regime, she achieved remission in April 2012, much to her family’s delight. While they desperately hoped they’d be able to put the nightmare behind them, this hasn’t been possible.
Since Isabella’s diagnosis, she has relapsed a further 3 times, most recently in March 2017. Isabella is being treated with chemotherapy to try and stop the growth of the tumours but her next stage of treatment may involve a new Phase 1 clinical trial in the UK. With no results from the trial, it’s impossible for everyone involved in Isabella’s care to ascertain whether this will be successful for her. “If the phase 1 trial is unsuccessful then we know we will have to take Isabella overseas for treatment as we will have exhausted all options in the UK,” Jennie and Mark, Isabella’s parents.
Trying to be prepared, they are now researching all options. Should the best option for Isabella exist overseas, which will not be NHS-funded, her parents are appealing for your support to help raise funds to access the treatment when they need to. The cost will run into the tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of pounds.
“We are devastated to hear that once again, Isabella has relapsed, and once again, she is battling for her life at the age of nine. We now know that options for our beautiful daughter are rapidly running out in the UK.” – Jennie and Mark.
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