Sadie Rose loses battle against cancer

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A brave two-year-old from Knaresborough has lost her battle against cancer.

Sadie Rose Clifford died on Monday afternoon surrounded with her family be her side.

Her mum Katie said on Facebook: “At 5.15pm this afternoon Sadie fell asleep forever, peacefully and whilst mummy was reading her favourite book.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, How I wonder what you are! There’s so much more I’d like to say... maybe we’ll talk another day xxxxx”

Her short, but inspiring life, saw people from across the Knaresborough and Harrogate district raise over £500,000 to help fund potentially life-saving treatment in New York at a specialist cancer hospital. However, Sadie returned home in April to the UK having been too unwell to continue tretment.

Sadie Rose’s mum, Katie and dad, Darren last week announced with the disease so widespread, their aim was to keep her pain and comfortable till the end.

This Sunday, the family were to have held a Disney-themed party for her third birthday at Sant Angelo in Wetherby, bringing the date forward from August 8.

First diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October 2010, after lengthy treatment in the UK, supporters raised money to send Sadie to New York in January for the specialist treatment which is unavailable in the UK.

Sadie’s family raised the money through Neuroblastoma Alliance UK, a charity which helps families across the UK raise funds and arrange treatment for children with Neuroblastoma. The charity is currently helping 17 families across the UK and also funds research into the disease and potential treatments.

Sadie Rose endeared people to her with her bravery and enthusiasm for life and people across the district have started to pay their tributes to Sadie Rose. See this week’s Harrogate Advertiser and Knaresborough Post for tributes.

Funeral details have yet to be announced.