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Ipswich mother attempts to raise £200,000 for toddler's US cancer treatment

Ireland and her mother, Chloe Credit: ITV Anglia

A mother from Ipswich is trying to raise £200,000 to send her toddler to New York for cancer treatment.

18-month-old Ireland was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a rare but aggressive form of childhood cancer, in July. Since then, she's had a 12-hour operation, as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

"The relapse rate with neuroblastoma is too high. Once they say she's cured, I don't want to settle for that, because we know the relapse rate is too high," Chloe Adams says. "I ask everyone to get involved so we can get her to America. A long happy life - that's all I want for my daughter."

Ireland with her auntie Credit: ITV Anglia

Mother Chloe Adams says vaccines that could protect Ireland against relapses are available abroad, but not on the NHS. Therefore, Ireland's family hopes to raise £200,000 to take her daughter to the US for a vaccination that's proving to stop neuroblastoma returning.

Ireland will need to see through her treatment in the UK and be in remission before she can have the vaccine. Only available in New York, the vaccine itself is still in the early stages of development.

Ireland's family have partnered with the Bradley Lowery Foundation to fundraise Credit: ITV Anglia

With such a large target to reach, the family's starting crowdfunding now. They've teamed up with the Bradley Lowery Foundation to do this. The organisation was established in memory of Bradley Lowery, who passed away following a fight with neuroblastoma in 2017. Since it was founded, the charity has raised more than £3 million for dozens of poorly children around the UK.