Dulcie's campaign

Dulcie is a beautiful and brave seven-year-old from Shropshire. She loves My Little Pony, all Disney princesses, rainbows and everything that sparkles! Dulcie was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma in December 2021.

Fundraising total£78,538.00

Dulcie's story

Dulcie loves listening to songs by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber and these will often be played on repeat during the day, especially when in hospital.  

Prior to her diagnosis, Dulcie had a swollen tummy and had been treated for impacted faecal matter however the swelling didn’t go away. Dulcie’s parents pushed for further answers, initially believing the swelling may be due to intolerances like coeliac or lactose.  

On Thursday 9th December 2021, Dulcie’s parents were given the devastating news that she had high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer that has a 40-50% chance of long-term survival at diagnosis.   

Dulcie’s family are fundraising for potentially lifesaving treatment, either to get their daughter into remission or to try and keep the cancer away if her frontline treatment goes to plan. This could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. Follow Dulcie's story on social media. 

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A donation from you could help Dulcie access potentially life-saving treatment in the future that is not available through the NHS.

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“Never in a million years did we suspect a tumour/cancer to be found and we had never heard of neuroblastoma. My brave and beautiful little monkey was diagnosed with cancer, and it came completely out of the dark. I feel like I’ve failed my daughter and I know it’s beyond my control, but I should be able to protect her from anything but this I can’t, and it breaks my heart to see her going through this!”

Dulcie’s mum, Debbie

Treatment so far 

Dulcie started chemotherapy treatment in December 2021 as the first stage of frontline treatment and had nine rounds in total. In March 2022, Dulcie underwent an 11-hour surgery to remove her tumour, which weighed 1.2kgs. She spent time in intensive care and high dependency post-surgery.

After recovering from surgery, Dulcie received further chemotherapy. Her next set of scans showed the chemotherapy hadn't worked as hoped, and her cancer had not only increased in intensity but had also spread.

In April 2022 she received two cycles of cyclophosphamide & topotecan and in July 2022, Dulcie started BIT chemotherapy, which is a combination of drugs used for patients classed as relapsed/refractory. The aim was for the new combination of chemotherapy to stabilise the disease. Dulcie’s reassessment scans showed that the disease had stabilised, and no new spots were showing. Dulcie continued to receive further cycles of BIT chemotherapy.

In October, Dulcie’s scans continued to show stable disease, which meant she was eligible to enrol on the hu3F8 trial at Leeds Children’s Hospital. After completing two cycles of hu3F8, Dulcie was admitted to hospital as she developed Ileus, and was fitted with an NG tube and went on gut rest. She was unable to eat and go to the toilet for eight days and lost nearly 10lbs in weight. This was an unexpected side effect of Dulcie’s treatment.

Reassessment scans in December, prior to Dulcie starting cycle three of hu3F8, showed that her bone marrow had a complete response to treatment and her soft tissue remained clear of disease. Dulcie went on to receive a further two cycles of hu3F8.

After four cycles, January reassessment scans showed the great news that Dulcie’s bone marrow and soft tissue remained completely clear of disease. However, her SIOPEN score (which represents the extent of disease present in the body) was 16 at the start of her hu3F8 treatment and after two cycles came down to 12, which was not as much progress as hoped. Dulcie received a further two cycles of treatment, bringing her SIOPEN score down to 11 and then a further three cycles and her SIOPEN score is now 10.

In May 2023, after meeting with Dulcie’s doctor, the family were disappointed to hear that her SIOPEN score had only reduced to 10. The family were also told that Dulcie has germline mutation classed as SMARCA4, associated with Rhabdoid Tumour Predisposition Syndrome, which means she has a higher risk of developing further tumours as she grows up. She will be closely monitored with twice yearly check ups and scans.

Dulcie was accepted onto the MiNivAn clinical trial at the University Hospital at Southampton in July. This therapy aims to improve the outcomes for children with relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma by combining targeted radiotherapy (I-131 MIBG) with the antibodies anti-GD2 (ch14.18/CHO) and anti-PD1 (Nivolumab).

Her 16 week reassessment scans in November showed there was slight improvement with less uptake, bone marrow was still clear and soft tissue remained disease free.

Her final round of treatment on the MiNivAn trial was completed in February 2024 and Dulcie's latest scans, showed improvement with her doctor recommending high dose chemotherapy as her next treatment steps.

“Honestly I never thought we would ever get here as it’s been 29 months since Dulcie’s diagnosis. We can’t thank everyone who has supported us and shown us such kindness and shared our story”.

Dulcie’s mum, Debbie

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Funds raised will go towards helping Dulcie and her family. If Dulcie 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 high-risk neuroblastoma, like Dulcie, the survival rate is much lower than other childhood cancers. Upon relapse, this rate reduces even further.

Donations and comments

Craig Birch£270.00

Donated on: 13th May 2024

Keep going guys!!!

Rachel Devoy£10.00

Donated on: 11th May 2024

Go Darcey and Josie and everyone else with you in your muddy run Love The Devoys

Anonymous donation£5.00

Donated on: 11th May 2024

Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£4,937.50

Donated on: 25th April 2024

David Tilley£10.00

Donated on: 25th April 2024

Abigail Bradshaw£10.00

Donated on: 25th April 2024

Natalie Ryder£10.00

Donated on: 25th April 2024

Olivia Jennings£20.00

Donated on: 25th April 2024

Your story has touched me since I began following. I am not a mum, but if I were I would hope that if ever my child needed help, strangers would be willing to do what they could. Please give Dulcie a squeeze from someone who thinks she’s super cool.

Claire Pearce£20.00

Donated on: 25th April 2024

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Donated on: 25th April 2024

Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£88.00

Donated on: 10th April 2024

Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£211.00

Donated on: 19th March 2024

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Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£283.72

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Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£402.00

Donated on: 19th December 2023

Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£159.00

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Donated on: 22nd September 2023

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Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£1,787.24

Donated on: 4th July 2023

Morag Charles£10.20

Donated on: 15th May 2023

Kelsey Adcock£10.00

Donated on: 15th May 2023

Well done pami ???? - June PRH

Jeanette Grew£10.00

Donated on: 15th May 2023

Well done Pam xxx

Rachel Roberts£10.20

Donated on: 15th May 2023

Pam Adcock£30.60

Donated on: 8th May 2023

Proud of you pami xx

Holly Ridgewell£5.10

Donated on: 6th May 2023

Pam Adcock£20.40

Donated on: 6th May 2023

Thank you Hilda Bywater for your Donation for my 'Brave the Shave' xxx

Annmarie Smith£10.20

Donated on: 5th May 2023

Absolutely amazing, what an amazing person you are, proud to call you my Auntie, you'll rock the shaved hair look ?? Xx

Kayleigh Adcock£10.00

Donated on: 5th May 2023

We are so proud of you mom what a wonderful thing to do for a beautiful little girl ?? love me Cory and Coby xxx

Kelsey Adcock£10.00

Donated on: 5th May 2023

Super proud of you mum. ??

Lyndsey HANDY£20.40

Donated on: 5th May 2023

Aww Pami, this is a wonderful cause, the Handys are very proud of you ?