Molly is ‘doing fine’ as treatment begins

Molly Robinson with her sister Jess before flying out to the USA
Molly Robinson with her sister Jess before flying out to the USA

A BRAVE Fleetwood schoolgirl with a rare form of cancer is recovering well after undergoing the first round of specialist treatment since flying out to America with her family.

Molly Robinson, aged eight, needs the treatment because she has a tumour on her face caused by the cancerous illness rhabdomyosarcoma.

Last week she underwent some of the proton bean therapy, which does not attack healthy cells and is less gruelling than other treatments.

However, although the treatment is funded by the NHS, the family must cope with massive costs because it is only performed over in America.

Their cause is being helped by generous Fleetwood folk, who have been so touched by Molly’s plight they have helped raise thousands of pounds through a number of fund-raisers.

Molly’s uncle, Dale Robinson, who is the older brother of her dad, Karl, told the Weekly News this week: “Molly had 45 minutes of the treatment each day, for five days, and needed to wear a special mask.

“Her mum and dad, Karl and Alison, were a bit worried about it at first, but’s it’s gone well and she is fine.

“They should be over there for about eight weeks at the minimum, depending how things go.

“After five days of the treatment, Molly needs to take a bit of a break from it before starting again.”

Dale added: “Karl called on Sunday and he’s pleased how things have gone so far.”

The family – Karl, Alison, Molly and her little brother Harry, are staying in Oklahoma City close to where she is having the treatment.

Molly’s older sister Jessica, 17, and Alison’s own mother are due to join them soon to provide some extra support.

Two Fleetwood men, Declan Bradley, 36, from Oxford Road, and Graham Thompson, 29, of Deepdale Road, are the latest to help the cause; they ran in the Fleetwood Half Marathon on Sunday and have been pledged over £1,000 between them. In previous weeks a fund-raiser at the Highbury Social Club raised £4,500, and a moneyspinner at Fleetwood Rugby Club raised £6,000.

The Flanders Fest music festival raised around £175 just for the Molly fund, and Asda Fleetwood raised £418 from collection buckets in the store.