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Appeal to help family of brave girl battling cancer

Appeal to help family of brave girl battling cancer

Published by Helen Down at 7:35am 13th September 2019. (Updated at 4:16pm 13th September 2019)

A family from Cornwall say they have been knocked sideways after being told their little girl has cancer.

Five-year-old Merryn Handley from Liskeard was diagnosed with a brain tumour back in July.

It was discovered after the tot suffered a string seizures for no apparent reason.

When Merryn's tumour was removed, doctors found it to be a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

"It's really hard to describe. It's like being hit by a bulldozer".

Merryn Handley
A brave little girl from Cornwall is battling cancer after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. Merryn in hospital: Family Photo

The tumour is so aggressive, little Merryn is having to undergo a year's worth of chemotherapy in just six months.

That means her parents are facing a string of trips to Bristol Children's Hospital and a Crowdfunder has been launched to help cover the cost.

"It's really hard to describe, it's like being hit by a bulldozer.  

"I had a phone call from my daughter, we happened to be shopping at the time.

"The whole world stood still when she said they'd found this 3cm tumour in Merryn's head".

Grandmother Sarah Taylor 

Merryn and Eve Handley
Little Merryn Handley's tumour is so agressive, she is having a year's worth of chemo in just six months. Merryn with sister Eve: Family Photo

Merryn Handley is now being given the chance to go to Manchester's Christie's Hospital for proton therapy treatment.

A Crowdfunding page, set up by the partner of Merryn's grandmother to support her parents, has already hit its target of £3,000.

Any extra money will be split between charities Cancer Research UK, Macmillan, and the neurology departments at Derriford and Bristol Children's Hospital.

"You just felt like you'd been kicked in the stomach really - it was just unbelievable.

"There was always that anticipation that it could be something like this, when they had done an MRI scan and a CAT scan, that it could be something like this, but you're always hopeful that it's not".

Grandmother Sarah Taylor

You can read more about Merryn's story and find out how to donate to the Crowdfunder campaign here.

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