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Isabella shows a lot of bottle! Youngster with cancer has surprise after throwing message in a bottle into the sea.

Byline: ASHLEY PREECE Special Correspondent

ABLACK Country schoolgirl battling cancer received a lovely 'seamail' after chucking a message into the English Channel.

Brave Isabella Lyttle, who turned 10 on Saturday, popped a letter into a plastic bottle following a meeting at Southampton Hospital.

Then she threw it off Bournemouth pier.

Isabella, who has neuroblastoma - a rare and aggressive form of cancer which affects the nervous system - returned home to Pelsall.

Shortly after her return, she discovered her message had reached a family in Swanage, about an hour from Bournemouth.

Isabella's mum, Jennie Dalton, said: "Isabella decided she wanted to send a message in a bottle on her last day in Southampton, with details about herself and where she's from.

"She also popped her email address down at the end of the message.

"When we got home we received a lovely email from Mike and Lucy, who found it on the beach in Swanage. They threw the message back into the ocean off Swanage pier to see how far it could go.

"Isabella was over the moon, she really was."

Isabella was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was threeand-a-half years old.

Mum Jennie and dad Mark received the devastating news that the condition was at 'stage four' - the most severe.

Tomorrow, the St Francis Catholic Primary School pupil will undergo a third round of gruelling chemotherapy at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

She has relapsed three times now, with her devoted parents revealing they are "running out of options" to help treat Isabella's condition.

"If chemo doesn't work, it means we will be up and down in the car to Southampton for specialised treatment," added mum Jennie.

"Ideally, we want to raise a big pot of money, around PS200,000, for Isabella to go to America.

"She's got what Bradley Lowery's got, the young lad from Sunderland. It's a very rare and aggressive cancer, with fewer than 100 children diagnosed with it each year.

"We've had so much support this year and we want to continue that by putting on fundraising festivals and the lik.

"It would be great if the people of Walsall can get behind her, similar to the way Sunderland is getting behind Bradley.

"Isabella just wants to be a normal little girl. We've had some hard times but we'll keep on fighting for her, that's for sure."

| For more about Isabella, go to her Facebook page, and donate to her cause by visiting her Go Fund Me page, both called 'Isabella's Neuroblastoma journey'.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Jun 4, 2017
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