Brave Summer loses her three year cancer battle

Summer Allen, aged four
Summer Allen, aged four

A young girl whose smile lit up the room and touched the lives of many people has lost her three year battle with cancer.

Summer Allen was diagnosed with stage four high risk neuroblastoma in 2012 after she started to feel unwell.

The six-year-old endured months of frontline treatment, including chemotherapy and a huge operation to remove a tumour, as well as terrifying intensive care stays and countless procedures, transfusions and IVs.

Nurses and doctors said that she was a joy to treat and her smile would light up the ward.

The Summer Allen Appeal was set up in a bid to raise money for her to have treatment in the USA, with friends, businesses and her school helping to raise thousands of pounds.

Coming under the umbrella of the Families Against Neurblastoma charity, the appeal helped to raise more than £20,000.

The Castlefields Infant School pupil had fought incredibly but in January this year she relapsed for a second time and there was little more that could be done.

Sadly, she died peacefully and pain free on Wednesday, November 26, in the arms of her parents Sarah and David.

A funeral service will take place at St Matthew’s Church, Rastrick, today (Thursday).

Her burial ceremony will follow, to which only immediate family are invited.