Ellen is happy and easy-going. She is always trying to make people laugh and is the clown of the house. At two years old Ellen was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, she’s now nine and remains in remission.

Fundraising total£570,455.45
“We also couldn't be prouder of Ellen. She has dealt with more difficulties over the last two and a half years than any child ever should, and yet she is the funniest, most kind-hearted, and inspirational little girl."

Claire, Ellen's mum

Ellen’s story

Ellen initially did really well with her potty training in August 2017, but she suddenly started to suffer from constipation. Her parents took her to the GP who said that this was a common complaint in children when toilet training and it should rectify itself. But by Halloween, Ellen was rushed to A&E in a lot of pain, where she was diagnosed with a kidney infection and given antibiotics. It helped initially but then she got worse again. 

After taking Ellen to the GP and having bloods taken the GP rang back to say she wanted Ellen’s bloods repeated, and an ultrasound of her tummy to check her kidneys. The radiologist wasn’t happy with the results and Ellen had an MRI scan at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The oncologist came out during her scan to say to her parents that while they would have to wait for biopsy results to be sure, he was fairly certain that Ellen had neuroblastoma. The next day she had surgery to insert her central line, a biopsy of her tumour, a lumbar puncture and a bone marrow biopsy. 

Ellen had such a tough time in those first few months with infections after every chemotherapy cycle, so she spent most of her time in hospital on antibiotics. She suffered with constant nosebleeds because her platelets were so low. She lost a lot of weight early on in her treatment so needed to be fed by tube.  

Thankfully, the disease responded to the chemotherapy, and Ellen had her surgery to remove as much of her tumour as possible on 23rd May 2018. It was wrapped around many blood vessels in her tummy, which made the surgery difficult and long, with Ellen spending 13 hours in theatre. She then spent a week in intensive care because she had fluid on her lungs and sepsis. 

Ellen completed high-dose chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, radiotherapy and five cycles of immunotherapy, showing no evidence of the disease in her end of treatment scans. Thanks to the incredible support for her fundraising campaign, Ellen was able to begin the bivalent vaccine clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in June 2019, in the hope of reducing the chance of relapse. 

Ellen completed the trial in July 2020. She remains clear of disease, has started school and is enjoying life.  

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High-risk neuroblastoma is an aggressive cancer with high rates of relapse. At relapse, the chance of survival is extremely low. Your donation will support Ellen should she need further treatment not available through the NHS, or children like Ellen.

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Solving Kids' Cancer UK's children's fundraising campaigns 

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

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Donated on: 1st November 2022

Donated by Kehoe's Kars, Newry

Ann Donnelly£60.00

Donated on: 25th March 2022

Money collected by Poundland staff in Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Newry

Guy King£20.00

Donated on: 9th June 2020

It was good to meet you today on your way to New York. Stay strong and enjoy all the sweets you were taking with you.


Donated on: 20th February 2020

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Donated on: 21st November 2019

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Donated on: 8th November 2019


Donated on: 1st November 2019

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Ann Donnelly£80.00

Donated on: 29th October 2019

This money was raised by Lee Morgan at his Mauy Thai club. Thanks Lee ??

Mary Mc Guigan £20.40

Donated on: 19th September 2019

Just a little something to this very worthwhile cause.


Donated on: 29th August 2019

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Donated on: 13th August 2019

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