Lucy Moroney, 9, from Heswall, was diagnosed last month with Grade 4 Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Doctors say she is expected to have only months to live. Lucy's Dad is now trying to raise thousands to send her to Mexico for special treatments which could extend of improve her quality of life. Friends and family have raised over £50,000 for Lucy through an online fundraising page set up by her aunt with the aim of raising £300,000.
The appeal has been named Lucy’s Pineapple Fund because of her love for the fruit. Her aunt said the family’s hearts were “shattered into a million pieces” when Lucy was diagnosed. Our family is doing everything possible, amid the whirlwind of disbelief we find ourselves in, to find alternative therapies and options that may work either outside or alongside the NHS. It's our only hope of helping Lucy and if we have hope, we can keep going.
Heartbreakingly, Lucy’s Mum Nicola died five-and-a-half years ago, aged 33, from a sudden cardiac arrest caused by an undiagnosed heart condition. Lucy was only four years old at the time and her sister, Amy, was almost two. Nicola was also pregnant with their little sister, Ruby, who was born by C-section while doctor's tried to save her life. Ruby only lived for 14 hours and died in her Dad's arms.
Currently, treatment for DIPG is limited to radiotherapy and chemotherapy on the NHS. The family are looking into alternative therapies and options that may work either outside or alongside the NHS. We are open to suggestions and advice from anyone who has dealt with DIPG - we don’t have time on our hands to become experts. The cruel nature of the tumour, which only affects children, means sufferers gradually lose control of their bodily functions.
If you can Help Lucy please head over to her Just Giving page and donate now.