Amelia's campaign

Amelia is a kind and caring six-year-old. Her favourite colours are pink and purple, and she loves exploring new places. In September 2020, Amelia was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma. After completing treatment in August 2022 and enjoying life, devastatingly scans showed her cancer had returned in April 2024.

Fundraising total£60,703.33

Amelia is six years old and loves exploring new places. Her favourite colours are pink and purple; she is the kindest little girl. She is so caring and puts everyone's needs before her own. 

In September 2020, at just two and a half years old, Amelia was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer that has a 40-50% chance of long-term survival at diagnosis. After completing frontline treatment in August 2022 and finally starting to enjoy a normal childhood, an emergency scan in April 2024 revealed that Amelia had devastatingly relapsed with new disease in her leg. 

Her parents, Katarzyna and Lukasz, are fundraising for potentially life-saving treatment for Amelia to get her back into remission. As she has relapsed, her treatment options are more limited. Treatment not available through the NHS can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. Follow Amelia’s story on social media. 

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Amelia's story

Up until the summer of 2020, Amelia was a happy two-and-a-half-year-old. In August, mum Katarzyna became worried when Amelia had a sudden temperature spike of 40°C. When her temperature didn’t drop for 7 days, Katarzyna took her to A&E where a doctor said it was a virus and she was given paracetamol. After three days her temperature began to drop only to return several weeks later. 

Amelia was admitted to the children's ward at their local hospital and given antibiotics, but her temperature remained high. She was then referred for an x-ray and an abdominal ultrasound, which showed no abnormalities. The doctors were still concerned, and the family was referred to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Amelia was sent for an MRI scan. 

On September 14th 2020, the family were told the devastating news that Amelia had a large tumour in her stomach measuring roughly 17cm by 9cm. The following day Amelia was urgently transported by ambulance to the oncology centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where they set up a central line, did a bone marrow aspiration and took a biopsy of the tumour for further examination. 

At the time, the doctors already suspected it was neuroblastoma, but the family had to wait for confirmation from the biopsy.  

‘Waiting felt like the worst part, but then we received the news that no parent ever wants to hear. On the 22nd of September, we were told that my baby daughter has stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, which had already spread to her bones and bone marrow’.

Amelia's mum, Katarzyna

Treatment so far

Amelia started chemotherapy treatment the next day for a total of 8 cycles every 10 days. Amelia dealt with this stage brilliantly, but after eight cycles, she still had too much disease to move onto the next stage of treatment. She needed a further 3 cycles of chemotherapy for 5 days every 3 weeks. Unfortunately, after completing these cycles the cancer cells were still present in Amelia’s body. 

After multiple tearful conversations with their oncology consultant, Amelia’s parents decided the best course of action would be to give Amelia an extra 3 cycles of combination chemotherapy with antibodies. 

Thankfully this treatment worked, and Amelia was back on track to continue the standard treatment protocol for neuroblastoma on the NHS. She then underwent high-dose chemotherapy, spending 5 weeks and 5 days in the hospital. 

“This was the hardest part of the treatment for us. Amelia was in so much pain it was difficult to watch. She has mucositis meaning she couldn’t properly eat or drink. She was fed through her central line because she couldn’t tolerate tube feeding. It was a horrendous experience, but Amelia never complained and slowly got better.”

Amelia's mum, Katarzyna

In September 2021 further scans including an MRI and MIGB showed the disappointing news that cancer cells remained after high dose. Amelia continued onto radiotherapy treatment, in which every day for 3 weeks she was put under general anaesthetic. 

“She pulled through like a champ, always with a smile on her face. We didn’t know where all her strength had come from but it was something we all had to learn from her," says Kat.

In December 2021, Amelia had another round of scans which came back stable but showed some active neuroblastoma cells. Amelia went on to have six months of immunotherapy which she struggled with, as side effects included her skin becoming extremely dry, her lips cracking and she struggled to eat.  

In August 2022, 2 years after her initial diagnosis, Amelia completed frontline treatment, with end of treatment scans showing she was NEAD (no evidence of active disease). 

Amelia continued to be regularly monitored, with MRI scans every 3 months, which were all stable. She was enjoying her life, attending school and seeing her friends.  

“End of treatment was extremely emotional for all of us, filled with happiness, sadness and feeling so very proud of Amelia for everything she had to go through. It took a while for her immunity to go back to normal but she was able to start school and absolutely enjoyed her new adventures. She finally had the childhood every child deserves, and we could finally breathe”.

Amelia's mum, Katarzyna

Relapse 

On the 17th March 2024, Amelia woke up in the middle of the night screaming with pain in her leg. The pain wouldn’t go away, and when Amelia woke up a further three times that night Kat began to worry.  Amelia was booked in for an emergency scan, but before the family were able to attend it, Amelia started limping.  

The results of the MIBG were crushing, Amelia has relapsed, with a new tumour in her leg. A week later, on the 12th of April, their consultant officially confirmed it as a relapse.  After enjoying a ‘normal’ childhood since end of treatment in 2022, Amelia and her families’ lives were turned upside down once again with Amelia re starting treatment in hospital. 

Amelia will have 2 cycles of BIT chemotherapy treatment, and will then hopefully enrol on the MiNivAn clinical trial at the University Hospital at Southampton if eligible. 

‘I am begging everyone for help – this is our only chance to fight neuroblastoma and save my daughter’s life. Every penny will bring us closer to starting treatment. Please donate if you can to give Amelia a chance at life. She managed to beat the disease once – we’re sure we can do it again with your help!’

Amelia's mum, Katarzyna

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Funds raised will go towards helping Amelia and her family. If Amelia no longer needs the funds or is in remission five years post the end of successful treatment, the funds will be used to support other children and families affected by neuroblastoma through our activities. For children with relapsed high-risk neuroblastoma, like Amelia, the survival rate is much lower than other childhood cancers. 

Donations and comments

Justyna Borowska£6.00

Donated on: 15th July 2024

Licytacje

Joanna Plusa£12.00

Donated on: 15th July 2024

Ubranka 2-3l licytacja

Edyta Dziwura£5.00

Donated on: 14th July 2024

Katarzyna Tierney£25.00

Donated on: 12th July 2024

Licytacja książki od Monika Pacyna

Ricky Welsby£50.00

Donated on: 12th July 2024

Keep smashing it guys, beautiful brave angel amelia!

Daria Stolarcztk£10.00

Donated on: 12th July 2024

Zdrówka księżniczko 🩷

Katarzyna Gorska£8.00

Donated on: 10th July 2024

Kasia Gorska - buty

Agnieszka Baran£9.00

Donated on: 10th July 2024

Agnieszka Baran£5.00

Donated on: 10th July 2024

Previous donations to Amelia's gofundme page£12,461.74

Donated on: 10th July 2024

Anna Ciebien £4.00

Donated on: 9th July 2024

Wiolka Wesolowska

Marta Szpak£10.00

Donated on: 8th July 2024

Amelcia zdrowiej nam szybciutko❤️

Anna Ciebien £5.00

Donated on: 8th July 2024

Wiolka Wesolowska

Paulina Taszer£1.00

Donated on: 8th July 2024

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Katarzyna Żbikowska £32.00

Donated on: 8th July 2024

Amelko! Aby uśmiech nigdy nie znikał z Twojej buźki! ❤

Aga Guziel £26.00

Donated on: 8th July 2024

Keep be strong girl. We all with you 💓💓💓

Ewa Zwolinska£25.00

Donated on: 8th July 2024

Będzie dobrze Amelko❤️ Ewa Zwolinska i super kobietki o wielkim sercu ❤️❤️❤️

Iwona Krupa£100.00

Donated on: 7th July 2024

Amelcia❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Anna Blaszczyk£20.00

Donated on: 7th July 2024

Za licytscje U Angeli

Agnieszka Budzynska£15.00

Donated on: 7th July 2024

Dagmara Stajkowska Kahane£8.00

Donated on: 7th July 2024

2 x sukienka

Roksana Szewczyk£11.00

Donated on: 7th July 2024

Klaudia Dziki£5.00

Donated on: 7th July 2024

Shoes

Justyna Kaminska£5.00

Donated on: 5th July 2024

Dużo zdrówka.jestesmy z tobą nasza mała.wojowniczko

Katarzyna Podjacka£3.00

Donated on: 5th July 2024

Zdrówka 😊🥰

Ewa Klimek£5.00

Donated on: 4th July 2024

We Love you Amelia

Joanna Plusa£7.00

Donated on: 4th July 2024

Cardigans

Sylwia Kluczynska£10.00

Donated on: 3rd July 2024

Joanna Plusa£13.00

Donated on: 3rd July 2024

Licytacja bluzy i sukienki

Agnieszka Kolakowska £6.00

Donated on: 3rd July 2024

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