Audrina Hatton-Wright was just 3 years old when she was diagnosed with rare childhood cancer high-risk neuroblastoma. This cancer has a very low survival rate and a high rate of recurrence. Since her diagnosis, in July of 2018, the now 4-year-old has had to endure a lot. She has undergone multiple surgeries, five rounds of chemotherapy as well as a stem cell harvest. She had to have surgery in December to remove a tumor followed by high dose chemotherapy and recently underwent a stem cell transplant. Audrina showed off what a strong person she was when she was finally able to ring the bell signaling the end of one of her cancer treatments, and she did so dressed as a stormtrooper! Other hospital staff was thrilled to dress up as well, with some even carrying their own lightsaber.
On the family's website, Audrina's mom Gemma wrote about how much her daughter had endured throughout the course of her treatment. "This last treatment was absolutely heartbreaking as we watched our baby girl go through some horrific symptoms," she wrote. "Audrina had to resort to sign language due to an unbearably painful mouth and we held her as she vomited blood and experienced hallucinations from the high level of morphine required to ease her pain."
Little Audrina is a huge Star Wars fan so she decided that when it was time to ring the bell signaling the end of her treatment she wanted to do it in style! "It was all her idea,’ her mother Gemma Gould told Metro UK. "She’s seen all the movies and has all the Star Wars Build-A-Bears. I am incredibly proud. She’s been brilliant, she’s always full of beans. It’s been a long haul but she’s kept us both going."
Because the kind of cancer that Audrina has, has a high rate of recurrence, the family have created a GoFundMe account to raise money for the youngster to travel to the United States to receive a treatment called DFMO. Unfortunately, the treatment that is only available in the United States is incredibly expensive, with the family estimating the cost at more than $250,000. "DFMO has already saved hundreds of children’s lives by preventing recurrent disease," Gemma stated. "It works differently to all the other treatment Audrina will receive and we are confident will be an effective barrier against relapse."
The family is hoping to raise the funds by October, which is when their little stormtrooper would need to begin the DFMO treatment. Audrina's family made a plea to the public to help them help their daughter get the help they need. "We are doing all we can to help Audrina fight this evil disease but we can’t do it on our own. We are asking you to help our little girl," the family website states. "Help my little girl survive this. Help give Audrina the chance to grow up."