Who we are
Abbie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of adrenal neuroblastoma when she was 21 months old. She underwent an intensive treatment programme for over a year. In January 2004 everyone celebrated as she was declared to be in remission and free of disease. Unfortunately, a relapse was diagnosed in June 2005 and she had to undergo yet many more months of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and numerous other invasive and horrendous treatments to try and rid her of this despicable disease. Abbie’s family and friends were all devastated when she finally lost her fight for life in September 2006.
Abbie won the hearts of hundreds of local people, in and around her home of East Horsley, who followed her courageous fight to the end. She was a truly beautiful, special, loving, funny, intelligent, determined, dignified, feisty and unique child. All these words were used in ‘A Tribute to Abbie’ by her father on the day of her funeral, but the word he finally chose to capture the essence of Abbie was an ‘Inspiration’. She certainly was that.
Abbie’s Fund was set up by local mothers after Abbie relapsed with the aggressive childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma, in June 2005. To date Abbie’s Fund has raised over £650,000 and is delighted to be currently supporting a very worthy project.
We are supporting Professor Louis Chesler and his team at the Institute of Cancer Research, Sutton to develop a blood test to provide early diagnosis and monitoring of neuroblastoma. This test will make detection of the disease and the progress of treatment significantly easier to detect and monitor. It will also have a dramatic impact on the patient on a day to day basis as it will reduce the number of scans and tests which, for young children, can be scary, painful and often require general anaesthesia.
We are delighted at the amazing progress that has been made with the blood test and it is currently involved in trials on the wards with real patients across Europe.Despite neuroblastoma being, after domestic accident, the second biggest killer and the most frequent cancer in children under five years of age funding for research into it is extremely limited and it is vital for Abbie’s Fund to continue to raise money to support these critical projects.
For the full story of Abbie and her brave fight visit www.abbiesfund.com