Help Alice in her fight against cancer

by Rose Barrett
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Alice Hayes is a bright, beautiful, and brave nine-year-old girl who lives with her mum Norah, dad Dylan and sister Laragh (13) in Blackrock, Co Dublin. 

In April this year, her world was turned on its head. Alice was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare, aggressive, and complex cancer of the nerve cells. 

The chances of relapse are high, and it carries low survival rates. However, Alice’s family is determined she will get every opportunity for a full recovery along with access to a life-saving drug in New York. 

Already, Alice has undergone six months of chemotherapy at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Her treatment included eight rounds of induction chemotherapy and two rounds of higher-dose chemotherapy. In addition, Alice has bravely faced a surgical biopsy, had a central line surgically inserted, multiple bone marrow aspirates, stem cell harvesting, nuclear medicine scans, and countless injections. 

Alice was due to undergo complex surgery this week at Sant Joan de Déu (SJD) Hospital in Barcelona for the removal of the primary tumour from her adrenal gland and abdomen. She will commence immunotherapy soon after she recovers, with the surgery and ongoing treatment there funded by her family. 

But now they must raise over half a million euro for further treatment in the US. 

“We’re raising €550,000 to get Alice access to life-saving cancer drugs in a clinical trial at the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Centre in New York. We need to raise this amount by Christmas 2022 to ensure that she is enrolled in the next available trial group (early 2023),” said her parents Norah and Dylan. 

“This specialised treatment will help Alice beat her cancer. And your donations will help us get there. We’re certain she will beat these odds, but we need your help. Please donate now to help our beautiful Alice get the treatment she urgently needs.” 

Remember, prior to her falling ill earlier this year, Alice was a bubbly normal little girl always bursting with energy. Her family state she loves to entertain and adores singing and acting with Ciara Phelan (Arclight Drama) and with Dublin Stage School. 

She is also an animal lover who adores horses, hamsters, Basil her beloved bunny, and Fern her dog. Alice attends Carysfort National School and has missed her friends so much during treatment and pleads with her Mom to go to school between treatments. 

“This can be a real balancing act as Alice’s immunity has been severely damaged by the high doses of chemotherapy she has received so far,” said her parents. 

Along with having a beautiful voice, Alice is a natural athlete who loves running for her Athletics Club, Blackrock Athletics Club (BAC), also horse riding in Carrickmines Equestrian, playing hockey, tennis, gymnastics, or swimming in the sea – even in the winter! 

You can help Alice recover and enjoy an ordinary life again. 

“On behalf of Alice and all her loving family, we offer our heartfelt thanks in advance for your support” said Norah and Dylan, Alice’s parents. 

You can donate to https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-alice-beat-cancer-fund 

You can support the fund, or organise a fundraiser of your own, and share this page. You can also join the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/467710461967030/) and share, follow our Instagram page and share (https://www.instagram.com/helpalicebeatcancer/)

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