A Little Sutton family is considering alternative treatments to help their brave little girl who is fighting cancer.
Four-year-old Olivia Phillips’ health battle has touched hearts across Ellesmere Port and thousands of pounds has been raised to send her, her parents Louise Ashcroft and Jon Phillips and brothers Liam and Ryan to Disney World when she is well enough.
The youngster was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma –a rare tumour that originates in the liver and has spread to her lungs – in October.
She recently returned home after undergoing 96 hours of chemotherapy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, but family friend Jo Foster says the ‘little fighter’ is still smiling.
Jo revealed friends and family are desperately researching alternative treatment for Olivia once the chemotherapy has shrunk the tumour.
A crowdfunding page to raise £13,200 for Olivia to undergo pioneering cancer treatment NanoKnife at The Princess Grace Hospital in London has already reached more than £9,000.
Praising the community’s ‘outstanding’ love and support for Olivia, Jo said: “She has been so brave and is a true inspiration.
“A day doesn’t go by when Olivia and her family are not in the thoughts of so many.
“Her battle with this nasty illness continues and everyone’s support and good wishes bring comfort to the family.”
Fundraising for the family will continue with vigour.
Having read about Olivia’s story in Costa Wallasey – where donations are being collected – Ben James resolved to do a sky-dive on May 28.
Frank Hall from Blyton Park Driving Centre has arranged fundraising track days, an evening with Robbie Williams tribute act JK will be held at the Mercure Chester North Woodhey House Hotel on April 16 and Pade Designs have designed a special Olivia May Phillips car sticker.
They cost £2 and can be purchased on Pade Designs’ website.
If you would like to donate towards the NanoKnife appeal, click here .