Local girl, Olivia Downie, 7, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer has received a cheque from Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern to enable her to travel to Germany for treatment.
Olivia was diagnosed 18 months ago and has received treatment on the NHS but because she has relapsed there are no more options for her in the UK.
Olivia has already travelled to Germany in June 2010 where she received immunotherapy treatment which is the use of the immune system to reject cancer. The main premise is stimulating the patient’s immune system to attack the malignant tumour cells that are responsible for the disease.
Unfortunately Olivia also relapsed after this treatment.
Olivia is due to return to Germany on February 20 and will attend a different clinic called the Hufeland Klinik which provides a holistic immunotherapy treatment based on a well-established concept developed by Dr. Josef Issels - predominantly a biological approach which rebuilds the body’s immune system. It involves holistic therapy of tumours and cancers of all kinds and stages using fever therapy, hyperthermia and immunobiological medicine. Olivia already has a vigorous routine of treatments at home including photo dynamic therapy and an in-fared sauna which she uses every night and ultra sound therapy which she has to use 3 hours a night, 5 times a week.
Olivia’s mum Lauren Downie said:
“The Broch has been really good and have been generous when it comes to Olivia.
“I am really grateful to all of the quines who took part in the Cheers calender to help raise money for Olivia to get this treatment. Myself and the rest of the family can’t thank them enough. We can’t believe they raised £1562. There are no words to describe how grateful we are.”
Dawn Russell who organised the Cheers Calender said:
“I would like to thank Cassie Tait for taking the pictures for the calender and all the staff who took part to help raise the money.
“If anyone would still like a calender last minute they can order one at www.cassiektait.co.uk.”
Neuroblastoma accounts for six per cent of childhood cancer registrations in Britain – just under 100 children a year.
As with all embryonal tumours, neuroblastoma is most common in children under the age of 5 years, and extremely rare after the age of 10 years.
The incidence of neuroblastoma is highest in the under ones – it is the most frequent single type of cancer in the first year of life, accounting for one fifth of cancers in this age group.
If anyone would like to donate to Olivia you can text OLIV95 to 70070 and donate £1-£10.
You can also visit Olivia’s donation page at http://www.bmycharity.com/OliviaDownieAppeal. The bmy charity was set up by a woman who lost her son to neuroblastoma.