Dulcie's campaign

Dulcie is a beautiful and brave six-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£77,789.00

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 will have reassessment scans towards the end of June which will hopefully show that she is eligible to enrol on the MiNivAn trial at the University Hospital in Southampton at the end of July.

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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

Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£372.78

Donated on: 19th February 2024

Chris Browning£100.00

Donated on: 16th February 2024

Brave young lady with a very big smile. Keep smiling.

Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£283.72

Donated on: 22nd January 2024

Rachel Tipton£1,186.50

Donated on: 19th December 2023

Great fundraising evening for a beautiful warrior princess!

Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£402.00

Donated on: 19th December 2023

Simon Ayers

Donated on: 13th December 2023

Keep fighting

Bryony Matthews

Donated on: 8th December 2023

❤️

Gary Cooper

Donated on: 8th December 2023

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Donated on: 6th December 2023

Jay Kenny£516.00

Donated on: 5th December 2023

Donation on a half of Snowflake Promotions show on 30th Sept. Auction and donation buckets

Angel Stewart£20.00

Donated on: 5th December 2023

I love unicorns too 🥰

Jayne McGuinness£5.00

Donated on: 28th November 2023

Good luck!

Susan Simner

Donated on: 28th November 2023

Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£159.00

Donated on: 16th November 2023

Manual adjustment from Solving Kids' Cancer UK£937.00

Donated on: 20th October 2023

Gemma Sprague£300.00

Donated on: 10th October 2023

Our lovely kind friends Steph and Steve asked friends and family to donate to Dulcie’s fund for their 50th wedding anniversary instead of receiving gifts. They wanted their special occasion to benefit a special little lady.

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Donated on: 5th October 2023

Debra OKelly£100.00

Donated on: 3rd October 2023

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Laura Sagar£10.00

Donated on: 30th September 2023

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