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Brave Abby's quest to beat rare bone cancer

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

DETERMINED:  Abby Fishlock-Whitelaw. Left; Abby with mum Catherine.

DETERMINED: Abby Fishlock-Whitelaw. Left; Abby with mum Catherine.

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CHILDHOOD cancer patient Abby Fishlock-Whitelaw has a growing army of family and friends' fighting for her recovery.

Abby, nine, of Stroud, was diagnosed only two months ago with the very rare bone cancer osteosarcoma.

Already the brave little girl is nearing the end of a gruelling cycle of chemotherapy and is due to have her tumour removed next month.

She and her mum Catherine, 40, and the rest of the family have been absolutely amazed by the help they've received on their journey from the charity CLIC Sargent.

Osteosarcoma is "very cureable", Mrs Fishlock said.

"Hopefully by the end of the summer the treatment should be over. She will beat it," she said.

"I don't think we could have come through it intact without the help of Claire Harrison, the CLIC nurse assigned to Abby.

"CLIC are fantastic. We have to travel to Bristol Children's Hospital for Abby's treatment and both her dad and myself, and my partner, have used the home-from-home facilities provided by CLIC Sargent to stay close by."

Mrs Fishlock said she was overwhelmed by a number of friends and family who'd begun fundraising and had already collected £700.

An abseil down Battersea Power Station is planned, along with a parachute jump, and even a kilt walk back up in Scotland where the family have close ties.

"We are starting a CLIC Sargent fund for Abby to raise money for this fantastic charity which will continue to support us through the next year and beyond as we go through this journey with Abby on her quest to beat cancer in 2013."

Mrs Fishlock said Abby seemed to cope well and to accept what was happening.

"Going through treatment it is difficult and she gets really down. Then as she starts to come out of that we see her start to smile again," she said.

"It inspires everyone that knows her."

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