THE HEARTBROKEN mum of a little girl who is suffering from a highly malignant form of cancer, has thanked Weekly News readers for donating towards the Alexandra appeal.
More than £3,000 has been raked in since Sam Dallas appealed for financial help to improve her four-year-old daughter's quality of life.
Alexandra was struck down with the adult form of cancer Aveolar type Rhabdomyosar-coma in January, which has led to intensive bouts of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treat-ment.
The aggressive tumour has developed behind the young-ster's right eye causing blindness, and she will now have to wait until Monday to discover if whether the cancer has become inoperable.
However, the staggering amount of cash could be used by relatives to pay for a holiday or specialist treatment in America, if Alder Hey Children's Hospital decides surgery is no longer an option.
Sam, of Leaside in Halton Brook, said: 'A fantastic amount of money has been raised and I'd like to say a big thank you to everybody who decided to contribute some of their money.
'We're just waiting to see how she has progressed and whether they can operate or not.
'She's just completed more chemotherapy treatment and has been sat up scribbling.
'She hasn't been sick this time and has had some friends around, but she's very restricted and can't do the same things other children do.
'It doesn't seem to bother her that she can't see out of one eye and she's learnt how to say the illness, and knows the different type of medication she's on.'
It is hoped doctors can make Alexandra take her first steps towards regaining health, by walking down the aisle as a bridesmaid at a relative's wed-ding in August.
The tot's plight has sparked off a fundraising extravaganza in Runcorn, with money collected in buckets at Halton Lea shopping city.
Staff at Asda Runcorn have also stumped up cash by taking part in a week-long bag pack, while mobile phone giant O2 at Preston Brook have organised a sponsored sky dive.
The devastating illness Rhabdomyosarcoma only affects a handful of children every year and appears in four major sites in the body.
Alexandra is currently the only child in the UK thought to be diagnosed with this type of illness, which frequently occurs a round the head, neck and eyes.