In loving memory of Mackenzie Furniss

Mackenzie's family shared the sad news that their beautiful daughter passed away on the 14th April 2022.

"It’s with the heaviest and most broken of hearts that Jason and I say that our amazing and beautiful daughter Mackenzie left us yesterday afternoon. She has been a fighter since the day she was born 5 weeks early and a tiny 4lbs 1oz and for the last 13 years where she fought her cancer with everything she had! She kicked it’s ass 3 times! And I have no doubt she’d of bear it a 4th but that’s a story for another day. Mackenzies we are the proudest parents. You were the most amazing daughter, we feel so lucky we got 18 years with you, you will never be forgotten by me, dad and your sisters. Fly high and pain free now baby girl we love you to the moon and back ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️"

Mackenzie's Story

Mackenzie was initially diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma in October 2009, when she was just five-years-old.

She was treated at the Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Children. After gruelling treatment including chemotherapy, surgery and IL2 immunotherapy, Mackenzie completed her treatment in December 2010 and her scans showed no signs of cancer.

Mackenzie lies on her hospital bed during treatment

Relapse

But devastatingly, less than two years later, a routine MRI scan showed that the cancer had returned.

There are limited options for relapsed neuroblastoma available in the UK, so her parents - Kimberley and Jason - launched a fundraising appeal with Solving Kids' Cancer to raise the money needed for Mackenzie to have clinical treatment in Germany.

Mackenzie's treatment and appeal

Mackenzie’s mum Kimberley said, “Our beautiful daughter Mackenzie had relapsed! Since November 2012 Mackenzie has again had to endure more chemotherapy and two stem cell harvests which will be used after she undergoes her MIBG (a radiopharmaceutical treatment) at hospital in London in May 2013."

"MIBG is the very last treatment option available to Mackenzie in the UK. This is why we are fundraising with Solving Kids' Cancer to take Mackenzie to Germany for Haploidentical Stem Cell transplant treatment which costs £350,000."

"Mackenzie is a very special nine-year-old who has overcome so very much in the past three and a half years. She has never complained, she just does what she knows she has to do. When Mackenzie grows up she really wants to be a nurse. Her daddy and I will do all that we can to make this happen."

Mackenzie was able to access the treatment in Germany thanks to the generosity of supporters who raised much-needed funds!

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