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Erin Cross: Race to fund pioneering treatment for cancer girl

Erin Cross Image copyright Team Erin Cross
Image caption Erin Cross, five, has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

A family is trying to raise £100,000 to fund pioneering treatment for their five-year-old daughter who has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

A £100,000 appeal has been started for Erin Cross, from Chester, to undergo gene editing therapy in America.

The family has been told she needs the treatment within a two-month window before she deteriorates. If successful it would make her eligible for a life-saving bone-marrow transplant.

The family has so far raised £87,000.

Relapse 'devastation'

Erin's parents had hoped she had been cured by chemotherapy which ended 11-months ago, but she had a relapse in March, they said.

Her mother, Sarah Cross, said the family was left "devastated".

They are now pinning their hopes on CAR (Chimaeric Antigen Receptor) T-Cell therapy in the USA

It involves taking specialised immune cells from patients with certain blood cancers, and re-engineering the cells in the lab to attack and kill cancer cells when injected back into the patient's body.

CAR T-Cell therapy is currently being researched at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London but only one child a month can be treated.

The family hope, if Erin has the treatment, it will put her into remission, making her eligible for a bone marrow transplant.

The social media campaign has been backed by celebrities including AP McCoy and Lord Sugar.

Mrs Cross, said: "Erin met AP McCoy when he paid a visit to the children at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool with other Grand National jockeys - she made a papier-mâché version of him to celebrate his knighthood."

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