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Hope for the future.

YOU have got to hand to family and friends of Sophie Atay.

The youngster recently underwent chemotherapy for the cancer neuroblastoma.

The treatment appears to have gone well but Sophie's parents fear for the future should the disease recur.

Should that happen, the prognosis in this country isn'tS good, but medical advances in America have developed a treatment which could provide more hope.

To take advantage of this, the family need to raise pounds 300,000 in funding.

What seemed like a huge mountain to climb has been partially scaled by a fundraising drive which has captured the public's imagination.

Despite personal finances being hard hit by the recession, the North East population has shown once again that generosity is at the heart of the region.

The huge target is considerably nearer thanks to charity events and a significant amount given by individuals online.

Sophie is too young to really appreciate the weight of support her plight has attracted and she has far more to contend with than any youngster should have to bear.

But, as it stands, there is definite hope for her and we hope the fundraising goal is reached swiftly and Sophie gets the healthy future she deserves.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2009
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