Race to save poorly Pippa, three, after tumour returns

Brave youngster: Pippa with parents Scott Cole and Michelle Howard and sisters Ruby (back) and Betsy-Blue
Brave youngster: Pippa with parents Scott Cole and Michelle Howard and sisters Ruby (back) and Betsy-Blue
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A heartbroken family are in a race against the clock to raise funds to try to save their daughter’s life after her cancerous brain tumour returned.

Three-year-old Pippa Belle Cole, from Garstang, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour called an ependymoma Grade 3 when she was just 18 months old.

The brave toddler underwent several operations including a 10-hour brain surgery followed by a gruelling 13 months of intensive chemotherapy.

However, just three months after being given the all clear, the heartbroken family were told Pippa’s tumour had returned.

Now Pippa’s best chance of survival is to fly to America for life-saving treatment.

Mum Michelle Howard, 34, said: “We are completely devastated and heartbroken for Pippa, she was feeling well again, regained her appetite and was starting to enjoy being a normal three-year-old.

“Without this treatment Pippa will not survive, because of the position of the tumour normal radiotherapy would cause considerable damage to Pippa’s brain.

As a family we are going to fight this again, with all our strength and we will yet again beat this horrendous disease.”

Pippa underwent further brain surgery on Monday and her tumour was successfully removed and in just five weeks time, she will fly to America to receive Proton Beam Therapy.

However, while the treatment is funded by the NHS, the family are appealing to the public to help raise £10,000 as they will need to fund everything else for the trip and will be in American for nine to 12 weeks.

Family and friends have organised a fundraiser for Pippa which will be held at Preesall Indoor Archery and Air Rifle Centre on Little Tongues Lane on February 7.

The family have also set up a go fund me page for Pippa which has already reached £3,500 in just one day.

Michelle added: “Pippa is having to fight extremely hard for her life but she amazes us with her bravery and strength, she always has a smile on her face.”

- To donate log on to www.gofundme.com/ktmvf0, or donate raffle prizes by contacting debzmagee@hotmail.co.uk