The mother of poorly Chester girl Erin Cross has spoken on national television about the plight of her five-year-old daughter, who has just seven weeks to receive lifesaving cancer treatment in America.
Sarah Cross appeared on ITV’s This Morning on Monday (June 13) where she spoke to hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about the mammoth £140,000 fundraising attempt she and a team from the Chester community set up last week in a bid to save Erin’s life.
Around £20,000 of the £140,000 target still needs to be raised before Erin can receive Car T Cell therapy from the USA which would put her in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukeamia and make her eligible for a bone marrow transplant, which is her only hope of survival.
This needs to happen within seven weeks but even with a staggering outpouring of public generosity, which saw £100,000 raised by generous donators in less than 48 hours, tax costs and additional medical care for Erin mean the target amount has had to be increased to £140,000.
Speaking to Holly, Phil and NHS doctor Ranj Singh, Sarah spoke honestly about the struggle she and husband Antony went through to conceive Erin, undergoing seven rounds of IVF treatment, and how hard it hit them when Erin relapsed after years of intensive chemotherapy.
“We just couldn’t comprehend it,” she said. “It was such a shock to us when when Erin relapsed after sailing through two and a half years of intensive treatment. She put on such a brave face though, and everyone who met her just fell in love with her.
“After 11 months out of the 12 month remission period we were nearly there and she was doing so well, happy and healthy, but on her 11th month check when her bloods were taken, it revealed she had relapsed and more aggressively this time.
Sarah added: “We now have around £20,000 to raise - we did so well with our initial target, and the Chester community have been fantastic. We have had so much support.”
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She also revealed that the family have been in talks with the centre in Philadelphia where Erin would receive the Car T Cell therapy and that Erin had been picked as a suitable candidate for the treatment.
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“There is a 90% chance of remission so we are very hopeful,” she said.
When Erin returns from America she will then need to undergo a bone marrow transplant to ensure a chance of survival.
You can donate to help save Erin here