Family’s plea to raise cash

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MORE than £1,000 has been raised to help send a four-year-old girl fighting a form of cancer abroad.

Summer Allen who lives in Brighouse with her parents Sarah and David and twin sister Paige, was diagnosed with one of the most aggressive forms of cancer - neuroblastoma - almost ten months ago after starting to feel unwell.

Summer Allen, aged four

Summer Allen, aged four

Now her family is trying to raise £500,000 in conjunction with charity Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN) so she can get the treatment she needs.

As part of the fund-raising efforts her nanna Alyson Littlefair has been taking part in a two-day bag-pack at Asda in Bradley along with her partner Alan and other family members and friends.

“We were absolutely delighted with the amount we raised. I know the staff at Asda were disappointed with that and have arranged for another bag pack in December. But I cannot praise them enough for everything they have done including Judith, Anne and David they were all brilliant,” she said.

Summer has been having chemotherapy this week and Alyson said she was doing well.

She will then endure six weeks of a different type of chemotherapy called topotecan, vincristine and doxorubicin. The drug was discontinued because of the severe side affects. But her parents said the only other option was to do nothing which would give Summer a better quality of living but only for a short period, possibly a couple of months.

In a statement they said: “In our will to get Summer better we are not prepared to give up on her, so therefore we have decided to try the first option, we will try the TVD drug for six weeks (two doses) then re scan Summer, if the cancer is shrinking we will proceed to the next step which could be more chemo, possible surgery and then Radiotherapy/MIBG therapy. If it has no affect and/or the cancer is still growing we will have no real reason to continue with this treatment.

“We will of course be keeping our eyes and ears open for any new treatments as we go. We still need to raise the money and even more so now. We will need to raise the £500,000 for the final treatment which is not available here.

“We will never give up on our Princess Summer and we hope you don’t too.”

Family friends are also lending their support including Ruth Abdy who is helping to organise a fund-raising day at Rastrick Bowling Club on Saturday, September 29, from 4pm until 7pm. Entry is £2.50 per person which needs to be pre-booked. There will be visits from Peppa Pig and other TV characters, children’s entertainment and a hotdog included in the price. There is a raffle with a strip of tickets costing £1 with prizes from ROKT, Wiley’s Nestle, Ponderosa, and Melanie Jayne Photography. There is also face painting and a number of other games for a small donation.