Brave Chester schoolgirl Erin Cross has arrived in Seattle to undergo the first stage of the pioneering treatment that will ultimately save her life.
It took only a matter of days for the Chester community to rally together and raise the hundreds of thousands of pounds needed for five-year-old Erin to receive the specialist Car T Cell therapy from America that will make her eligible for a bone marrow transplant - and give her the chance of beating lymphoblastic leukamia for good.
Erin and her parents Sarah and Antony from Upton are now in Seattle where they will meet with Dr Rebecca Gardner today (July 19) for a consultation on her treatment, and prepare for the vital T cell harvest treatment on July 27.
Sarah wrote on Erin’s Facebook page that the family had landed safely in the city of Washington, but instead of catching up on sleep, all Erin wanted to do was stay up and party.
“Sleepless in Seattle - Erin’s body clock is all over the place and when we landed, which was about 3am UK time, she wanted to stay up and party - I have no idea where she gets all her energy from,” she wrote. “Ant’s cousin Amy met us from the airport and it was lovely to be greeted by family and taken care of straight away.
"Amy and her husband James have also paid for our hotel which is amazing and we are very grateful.
“Erin loves the view from our room on the twelfth floor with the Space Needle in the background and, in true Erin style, likes to dance on the window ledge!”
The news has pleased the hundreds of Team Erin Cross supporters back home, who have continued to hold countless fundraisers in Erin’s name.
Erin and her family expect to be in Seattle for the next three months until the end of her treatment.