THE ball is rolling to get a girl from Wellingborough the treatment she needs to ensure a rare type of cancer she is fighting does not come back.
Samples of a cancer tumour removed from a gland inside five-year-old Niamh Curry have been sent off to Philadelphia in America in preparation of surgery for neuroblastoma.
The news comes as the total amount raised for the £450,000 treatment passed £185,000 thanks to a donation from Gleneagles Social Club in Grafton Close in the town.
The family’s popular campaign has raised the amount in just 87 days.
Niamh’s father Chris Curry said: “It’s been an overwhelming journey so far which has shown the true generosity of the local community – I can’t thank people enough.
“It now means we have sent a piece of tumour to America in advance of treatment Niamh will hopefully receive in September.
“It gets the ball rolling and puts us firmly on the path towards Niamh getting the help she so badly needs.”
The latest donation towards the fundraising appeal came from the Wellingborough social club.
The club held a social night on St Patrick’s Day which featured a live band, auction and a raffle.
It raised £2,000, but the bosses of the club decided to double it to take the total to £4,000.
Manager Michael Nolan said: “We decided to raise money for her because she is a local girl and her father used to be a member here.
“It’s also a great cause and we’re happy to support the family.”
Niamh was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and had a tumour removed last year.
Since then she has suffered relapses and has had to undergo chemotherapy.
Before her planned surgery in September she will have a stem cell transplant in April to flush the cancer cells out of her body.
Mr Curry said: “We want to give her the best chance she can have to live on without cancer.”