A 10-year-old girl sets off for America today, for her latest round of treatment in her fight against cancer.
Lily Douglas, from Perth, has Ewing’s sarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer which has seen her undergo surgery to remove a shoulder blade.
She has also undergone extensive treatment at the Edinburgh Sick Children’s hospital but, despite the illness she has endured since being diagnosed 12 months ago, Lily has remained cheerful and has inspired those around her.
They include her mum, Jane, and her grandmother, Mary Douglas, who are both flying out to the States with her.
Jane said: “We’re flying out from Edinburgh with Jacksonville in Florida being our destination.
“Lily will undergo proton therapy there for eight to 12 weeks.”
Proton therapy is a type of radiation treatment that uses protons to treat cancer.
It’s also called proton beam therapy.
A proton is a positively charged particle, which at high energy, can destroy cancer cells.
Jane continued: “It’s the latest part of her treatment and, hopefully, it will be the last.
“This is a big step and the treatment in Jacksonville is the best. It targets the tumour and breaks it up.
“The treatment Lily is getting isn’t around in Britain and we are able to go to America thanks to the funds raised for Lily.”
The youngster is a talented dancer and a much valued member of the Fair City’s JGN Dance Attic.
They have a show at Perth Concert Hall on June 23 and Lily is targeting being back in time to take part in it.
Should she be well enough, she will likely take part in some dance routines in the States.
Jane explains: “Although we are going to Jacksonville for treatment, we are hoping Lily will be well enough to fit in some routines at a local dance school.
“Her dancing has been a big boost to her.
“She just loves it, and being able to dance when she is well enough has been great for her.”