THE family of a four-year-old girl with an aggressive form of cancer is hoping to score a chart hit with a fundraising single.
Mollie Matthews, from Hambrook, near Emsworth, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in December.
Neuroblastoma attacks the nervous system, meaning it can affect every part of the body.
It also has a high chance of relapse – around 80 per cent – even if the initial, intensive treatment is successful.
‘The treatment is horrific, it is pretty much a case of throwing everything they have got at her,’ said Mollie’s aunt, Jane Matthews, also from Hambrook.
Mollie is currently undergoing intensive treatment at Southampton General Hospital having already undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and extensive surgery.
She still has radiotherapy and immunotherapy to come.
‘The problem with this particular type of cancer is that it has got a very high rate of relapse and there is nothing for it in this country,’ said Jane.
‘If she relapses she has to go to America and that is £500,000 and the NHS doesn’t pay anything towards it.’
Mollie’s family is hoping the charity single Good Golly Miss Mollie, by Little Albert and The Molliettes, which was released on Monday, will be a big hit in the charts.
It costs 79p and it is hoped thousands of people will download it.
Neuroblastoma affects around 100 children in the UK each year. Almost symptomless, it is difficult to detect, meaning around 75 of those diagnosed each year will be stage four like Mollie.
Half will have the MYC-N gene – the main genetic contributor.
The majority of diagnoses are classed as high risk.
Less than 20 per of ‘high risk’ children survive more than ﬁve years, with the majority succumbing within two years of diagnosis.
But treatments like the one offered in America increase survival rates by up to 20 per cent.
Around £200,000 has been raised so far.
Events have included a music concert, a country show and a sponsored skydive.
Speaking about her niece, Jane said: ‘She has her down days, she has been quite ill from some of the treatment but overall she is a very happy little girl.’
Good Golly Miss Mollie is available from play.com, hmvdigital, 7digital, Amazon and iTunes.
Watch the video at youtube.com/watch?v=6sJResHvbe0.
Make a donation by texting the word moll13 to 70070 followed by the amount, eg £10.