A twenty six year old cancer sufferer from Cushendall , Country Antrim has donated her appeal money to charity.
Nicola McCurry was the benefactor of the “Wee Nic Appeal” which aimed to raise money for her treatment abroad should an option be found suitable.
Upon finding out she was not suitable for any more treatment Nicola and her family decided to donate the £40,000 raised to the NCCA UK (Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance UK) to help support other families affected by neuroblastoma. Nicola is able to access the money at a later date should she wish to do so.
Nicola was first diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer in 1993 at just 6 years old. After intensive therapy Nicola managed to achieve remission. In 2009 however, Nicola sadly relapsed.
In summer last year Nicola and her family were given the devastating news that there was nothing more that could be done. They were waiting to see the results of tissue samples to gauge whether they had one last option available however, the results were not positive and fundraising has now discontinued for the time being.
Nicola says: “On learning that I am not suitable for further treatment I wanted to tell all the people who have fundraised for me and kept me in their thoughts and prayers and that I am extremely touched and grateful for everything. The money that you raised will be used by the NCCA UK to help with the fight against neuroblastoma.”