Despite her fun, overexcited and positive attitude, five year old Darcy Jo from Darfield in Barnsley, South Yorkshire has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and is relying on the kindness of the public to help her get through her upcoming treatment as best as possible.
People may imagine that from the moment of diagnosis it will all be a miserable, downwards spiral, however taking to Facebook and creating a group dedicated to Darcy, people from far and wide have taken an interest in her story, opening their hearts, offering their support and turning the experience into an uplifting one.
On the Darcy’s Days Facebook, her parents parents have said:
“On the 13th Of April 2013, a little girl from Darfield was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, namely a Diffuse Pontine Glioma.
Darcy Jo is a five year old little girl from Upperwood Academy who loves the colour purple, JLS, One Direction and tormenting her brothers and sisters. She also loves reading, word searches, maths and being outside.
This type of tumour grows in the stem of the brain and is very aggressive. We are planning to begin a course of Radiotherapy with a mild dose of Chemotherapy, shortly. However this is a one time only treatment due to the effect on the surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, this will not cure the tumour, but will hopefully slow it down enough for us to be able to treat her rotten this summer and create some awesome memories for us all as a family.”
Already there have been many fundraising events organised in the Barnsley area, including walks, live music nights, auctions and raffles. Also local business Jackie’s Fancy Dress has offered to provide party organisers and as much fancy dress as they need – all free of charge.
Thankfully Darcy is doing well and is in good health, high spirits and is loving life at the moment, and her friends and family are cherishing each and every moment that she remains this way!
You can visit the Darcy Days Facebook webpage and follow her story here: https://www.facebook.com/darcysdaysbarnsley
All donations will be welcome to Darcy’s fund (details can be found on the Facebook page), but if you’re running a little low on cash then even just a quick message of support is sure to go a long way and mean a lot to the whole family.
“It has really blown us away that so many people, both friends and strangers, can pull together to give our beautiful daughter some great experiences and us some invaluable memories.
All our love always, Dave, Jo, Darcy and family xxx”