WHEN Karl and Alison Robinson’s little daughter Molly developed a lump on the right side of her face, they sought help straightaway.
At first the couple, of Manor Road, Fleetwood, thought the lump was an abscess.
However, trying to get to the bottom of the problem proved harder than expected.
They went to the walk-in clinic at Fleetwood, got their dentist to check it out, took her to their GP and even Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s A&E department.
But the couple felt they were getting nowhere and it was only when Alison went on the internet and thought the lump looked like a benign tumour than she implored her GP to get Molly to a specialist in Preston.
A whole two months after they first took her to the walk-in clinic, they got finally got the diagnosis – and it came as a bombshell.
Eight-year-old Molly had rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare type of malign cancer which affects connective tissues, and is often found in the head or neck.
Alison, 38, whose other children are Jess, 17, and little Harry, 16 months, told the Weekly News: “We were devastated. It’s the kind of news everyone dreads.”
By this stage the lump has grown so much it could not be removed surgically.
They decided the best thing to do would be to have Molly treated with a procedure which treats the cancer cells without affecting the good cells – proton beam therapy.
However, the only treatment of this kind available is in the United States.
Now the couple and Jess are trying to raise funds for a trip to the United States for the procedure at the Proton Centre in Jacksonville, Florida.
In the meantime brave Molly, a pupil at St Wulstan’s & Edmund’s Catholic Primary School, is having to undergo 27 weeks of gruelling chemotherapy to shrink the cancer.
The family must go before a health board this summer who will decide if Molly is a suitable case for the treatment in Jacksonville.
Alison said: “It’s been very frustrating.
“But we have decided to raise funds for the American trip anyway. Even if can’t get the procedure done and have to treat her with the more punishing radiotherapy in Manchester, we still want to give Molly a Disney World holiday. She has been through so much and is still off school.”
A fund raiser, with live music from Indigo Sands, several DJs, a bouncy castle and face painting, is being held at Fleetwood Rugby Club this Saturday, from 2pm to midnight. Entry is by donation.