Get walking to help little Ellen

Michael Scott


Michael Scott


Tuesday 31 July 2018 9:22

THIS Friday (August 3) will see the Treanor family from Newry embark on the latest event aimed at raising the colossal sum of money required to send their little girl to America for treatment.

Three-year-old Ellen Treanor was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma in January this year.

The toddler is currently undergoing high dose chemotherapy treatment, having already had extensive chemotherapy as well as an operation which lasted 13 hours.

When her current treatment ends, and after a period of recovery, Ellen will then have radiotherapy and six months of antibody treatment.

The stark reality is that even after all of this, there is no guarantee that Ellen will be in the clear.

Ellens's father Paddy told the Democrat that only 40 percent of children with high risk treatment are alive five years after treatment, a statistic the family do not wish to dwell too much on.

What is available in the US - two different clinical trials which will seek to stop the cancer coming back, could end up costing the family in the region of half a million pounds.

Time is not on the family's side to raise that extraordinary amount of money. Every penny is therefore precious.

On Friday evening, as part of the Bessbrook duathlon memorial event and in conjunction with Solving Kids Cancer, a neuroblastoma charity, a walk commencing at 6pm will take place around Bessbrook.

With registration at Bessbrook Town Hall from 5pm, the family are looking for just £5 per individual and £10 per family.

“Hopefully we can get a big crowd together and get people focussed on what we need to do over the next six months, which is raise a lot of money,” said Paddy.

“It's not an easy task, and we've only six months to get it because once she finishes her treatment with the NHS, which will be February/March time, there is only a small window.

“If we get the funds needed, I think it's maybe 14 days before she has to start the trials in America. That's one of the criteria.

“So anything outside that, we are into a different ball game of maybe looking elsewhere for different types of things.

“But this trial seems to have good results so far.

“There are a couple of families in the Belfast area we have been talking to that are currently on it, and there's one from England who have just started it this week.

“So, it's definitely something that we want to get on board with, because we don't want to be in a position two years down the line where maybe something bad happens and we are thinking: 'Maybe we should have done this or 'why didn't we try that?'

“We just want to try everything we can, so that we have no regrets.”

The Treanor family have said that if anyone wishes to donate, they would, naturally, be very grateful, but that people can also help by thinking of fundraising ideas, sharing Ellen's Facebook page, or making them aware of any business that would take a collection box.

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