Setback for Sadie Rose

FUNDRAISING is continuing in earnest for Knaresborough girl Sadie Rose Clifford after the two-year-old suffered a setback in her treatment for cancer.

She is currently undergoing treatment in New York for neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, but surgeons at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre last week discovered more tumours in Sadie’s liver which are spreading to her chest.

The treatment she was expected to undergo had to be stopped and after discussions with doctors in Leeds, where Sadie Rose was originally treated, Sadie has now begun a further course of chemotherapy.

Speaking about the latest developments, Alison Moy, chief executive of the London-based Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance UK, said: “Sadie is currently at the New York Centre for treatment of relapsed neuroblastoma.

“Unfortunately, it was discovered during routine scans last week that she had relapsed again. To urgently try and arrest the spread of the neuroblastoma, the Neuroblastoma Alliance UK has given the go-ahead for the funds we transferred to be used so that Sadie Rose can receive a chemotherapy treatment protocol.

“This will take place in New York as she needs to be treated with such urgency to try and arrest the relapse. This means a new treatment protocol and expenditure which the charity’s trustees have approved.

“It is hoped that this will get Sadie Rose well enough to start the planned immunotherapy treatment.

“We are still raising funds for Sadie to try and cover these new costs.”

Sadie’s parents, Daz and Katie Clifford, have been in keeping in regular touch with their family back home in Knaresborough.

Elaine Gotts, Sadie’s grandma, said last week: “This was bad news for us. Sadie looked so well when we saw her on Skype and we talked to her, but as I said before, this is such an aggressive cancer which can pop up at any time.

“Although they are being very well looked after in the Ronald McDonald House they are staying in, New York is a big city, and they are missing their family just as we are missing them.”

The family has asked the community to continue to help achieve the £500,000 or more needed to cover extra costs for Sadie Rose’s vital medical treatment.

As well as locals raising around £110,000 so far, an anonymous donation received at Christmas of £200,000 helped rocket the total upwards, and famous names including premiership footballer Peter Crouch and his wife, Abbey, and stand-up comedian Jason Manford, have also given generously to help the appeal.

Sadie Rose was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October 2010 and the appeal was launched by the Knaresborough Post and Harrogate Advertiser in May 2011.

Harrogate radio station Stray FM is dropping its normal programming today, Friday, January 27, and will be dedicating the whole day to the appeal, including broadcasting interviews and updates from her family. To take part by donating to the appeal, text SADI99 followed by your donation amount - a minimum of £5 - to 70070.

For more information about Sadie and the appeal, visit www.sadierosecliffordappeal.co.uk.