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Parents' need to raise 150,000 in 18 days to save daughter with a one-in-a-million form of liver cancer
Parents have partly remortgaged their home to raise money for operation
13:06 GMT, 26 June 2012
Sophie Roberts was first diagnosed with cancer in June 2011
The parents of a two-year-old girl who has liver cancer have just 18 days to raise 152,000 for a life-saving operation.
Sophie Roberts’s parents, Andrew and Ruth, are desperately trying to raise 230,000 so their daughter can have a tumour removed by specialists at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Sophie suffers from hepatoblastoma, a form of liver cancer that affects one in 1.5million children and has a survival rate of 30 per cent.
She was was diagnosed with liver cancer in June 2011 and it soon spread to her lungs.
The prognosis for children with this type of cancer is extremely poor, with just a 30 per cent chance of survival.
Sophie has so far endured three rounds of chemotherapy before having liver surgery last November, when 25 per cent of her liver – and the entire primary tumour – was removed.
She then started a further four rounds of chemotherapy to clear the remaining tumours in her lungs and went into remission in March 2012.
The specialist US clinic accepted her case but the family has until the middle of next month to raise the funds.
So far they have collected 78,000, partly by remortgaging their home in Church Crookham, Hampshire, while relatives and well-wishers have been fundraising.
‘We meet so many children who don’t make it, we need to fight for our daughter,’ said Mrs Roberts.
A message on Sophie's JustGiving page said: 'We have already lost several very close family and friends to cancer over the years and will do whatever it takes to ensure we do not lose anymore.
'Please donate and you’ll keep us fighting and hoping.'
Donations to the fund can be made at www.justgiving.com/SophieRobertsStory
Sophie Robertss parents, Andrew and Ruth, need to find another 152,000 to enable their daughter to have a life-saving operation