Support floods in for brave five-year-old cancer sufferer

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Summer (left) with her twin sister Paige Summer (left) with her twin sister Paige

A little girl undergoing cancer treatment for the second time at the age of five has received support from dozens of people after her plight was shared with Telegraph & Argus readers.

Summer Allen has Neuroblastoma, which she was diagnosed with in December 2011, but after a year away from therapy she relapsed in January and has received more of the draining care.

Her family has been told that NHS limitations mean she may have to travel abroad for life-saving medical support – at a cost of around £500,000 – meaning relatives are stepping up fundraising efforts for the Summer Allen Appeal, which is backed by the Families Against Neuroblastoma charity.

The story of Summer’s relapse was reported in the T&A on Friday and mum Sarah said support has since been flooding in.

“We have had over 70 people donating on Summer’s Just Giving page plus a few people have donated in person also.

“People have been on Summer's Facebook page, sending good wishes, asking how they can help, offering their services – such as, if we have any fundraising days, they can help by baking or one was a DJ offering his services, all for free,” said the mum-of-three. “The full amount of Summer's appeal now stands around £22,000. We are so, so grateful with all the help people are giving.”

More than £600 has been donated to the appeal through the Just Giving website alone. Many of the donations have been made anonymously and range from £1 to £100.

One donator said: “Wish you all the luck in the world to raise this money! Sending love to you all”. Another said: “Read this and just had to donate good luck Summer, you’re a brave little girl.”

Sarah, 28, of Malham Road, Brighouse, said: “Being Summer’s parents we try and do everything we can to help her feel special and keep her mind away from treatment. It is very hard, she knows so much for a five-year-old – she listens to everything being said and takes everything in.

“We are just so grateful for all the people who are in our lives, to every single person who wishes her well.”

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