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Barrow Cancer girl's Disneyland dream

FUNDRAISERS are trying to make a Barrow girl’s dream trip to Disneyland come true as she battles a battles an extremely rare type of cancer.

Four-year-old Alexis Fisher was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma after falling ill just before Christmas and has been operated on by top surgeons flown in from the USA and Germany.

Most of the tumour was removed but the cancer has now spread into her spine.

The youngster, who attends Central Drive Nursery on Walney, is undergoing chemotherapy in Manchester.

A Dalton pub is already planning a big event to see if they can raise enough money to send the brave youngster to meet her favourite Disney character, Minnie Mouse.

Alexis’s dad Carlos Fisher and her 33-year-old mum Deanne Benzie say they have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people.

Mr Fisher explained how his daughter became poorly.

She was unable to eat and bad headaches and was continually being sick but didn’t have a temperature.

Her parents were constantly told that she was suffering from multiple viruses over the five-week period.

The 27-year-old, from Walney, said: “She did perk up on occasions but on the whole she was just generally unwell.

“Obviously we were taking the advice of doctors that it was viruses. One day she was quite perky so I took her into nursery.

“About 10 minutes after I had got home they rang to say she was unwell.

“I’d had enough by this time. I called my GP and asked for a doctor to come out on a home visit.

“He turned up in about 10 minutes and said he wanted her to go straight to the hospital.

“They did blood tests and found ketones in her blood which basically meant she was starving to death.”

Mr Fisher praised the medical teams who have been treating his daughter.

He said: “The staff were brilliant at Furness General Hospital and especially the doctor in charge.

“She took control of the situation. She order a CT scan and that’s when they found a large brain tumour at the front of her head and over the top.

“It was pressing down on her eye and it was no wonder she was in pain.

“We were sent to Manchester and she was operated on by surgeons who were flown in from America and Germany because it was rare to have a tumour like this at the front of the head, they are normally at the back. It had been growing for months.

“They managed to remove 90 per cent of it and it turned out it was cancerous and it will start growing again. She is now having chemotherapy and it has spread to the top of her spine.

“We have also been told that this will all affect her brain function and she will fall behind and need help.

“It could also affect her eye sight, her ability to walk or her kidneys could pack in. She has a 50/50 chance.

“She was just a normal, healthy, happy go luck child before all this.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for all their support. We didn’t realise there were so many generous people out there.”

A fundraiser will take place at The Newton Arms, Newton Road in Dalton, on March 23.

Organisers say they still need raffle prizes and would love to hear from any performers who are willing to take part for free.

Anyone wishing to help is asked to call Julie on 01229 462399.

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i hope this little girl gets better i had placement at the nursery she went to and she was a very happy child i hope she gets better soon :( :)

Posted by annonymas on 27 February 2014 at 20:45

Should make a website where people can not attend event can donate, pls x

Posted by suzys on 26 February 2014 at 00:39

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