A 4-year-old girl from Derby, who has a very rare type of cancer, now faces a mammoth fundraising challenge to get treatment in America.
Audrina Gould was just 3-years-old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer that affects around one hundred children in the UK every year. She is considered to be a high-risk patient and has already undergone five rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to remove a tumour. In 2019, she will undergo further high dose chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Her condition also means that she has a high risk of relapse after her treatment.
Neuroblastoma relapses are common and the risk of a cure after relapse is just 1 in 10. However, Audrina's parents want her to have treatment in America that is currently unavailable on the NHS because they believe it will reduce the risk of a relapse.
Audrina's mum, Gemma, has already raised thousands of pounds for Nottingham Queens Medical centre where Audrina is currently being treated. She shaved her head to raise the money, which she hopes will benefit other children who have to stay on the wards for months at a time.
However, the family now faces a much bigger fundraising challenge and they've setup a GoFundMe page to try and raise the £200,000 that will allow Audrina to receive treatment State-side. Her family say they hope it'll give her the best shot at living a normal life.