That very day in February 2015, Roisín was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). She immediately started chemotherapy and her life became a blur of constant visits to Clonmel and Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Roisín received chemotherapy for 2.5 years, during which she had regular visits from her big sister, Ava. Roisín finally completed her treatment in July 2017. And in August 2017 Roisín was finally able to live her childhood by starting Junior Infants. She had a fantastic year, making great progress educationally and socially.
Just one year later in August 2018, we discovered that Roisín relapsed. The cancer had returned and the fight began for the gift of life. Roisín immediately started treatment once more, which consisted of a combination of chemotherapy and cranial radiotherapy for central nervous system disease. Her treatment plan was set for the next 2.5 years and was due to complete in January 2021. However last week, after being unwell for a short period, we discovered that Roisín had once again relapsed.
Roisín has spent 6 of her 9 years on this earth fighting. After a second relapse, her treatment options became limited. Together with international specialists from all different countries, Roisín’s consultants decided to put her forward to CAR T cell therapy in the United Kingdom. Thanks to state funding, the Gavin Glynn Foundation, and the amazing team at Crumlin, Roisín will be travelling to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Manchester to receive this amazing treatment that is not yet available in Ireland.
Roisín will travel to Manchester for one week to be assessed and begin Apheresis of her T Cells. This means that her immune cells will be extracted and sent to America where they will be genetically altered to battle her cancer. In the meantime Roisín will return to Dublin where she will receive chemotherapy. Once her new CAR T cells are complete, Roisín will return to Manchester for 6-8 weeks to have them infused back into her body.
Many local friends and neighbours have asked how to donate in a bid to relieve even some of the financial strain Cora again faces. This page has been created so Cora can focus on doing what she does best—providing love and support.
No one will ever truly understand what it means to “fight like a child” until they have witnessed it first hand. And a child’s fight is only as strong as their parent’s persistence to keep going. Cora, Roisín, and Ava have a long road ahead of them. But the long term possibilities will always outweigh the short term struggles.
- Nora Cunningham
- Bernard& Mary Ferris
- Mary Ryan Larkin
- Thomas Condon
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