Brave Sheffield girl Isabelle Touhey inspires legion of supporters

Battler: Isabelle Touhey, aged two, has a rare form of cancer.
Battler: Isabelle Touhey, aged two, has a rare form of cancer.
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A TWO-year-old Sheffield girl’s battle with cancer has inspired a fundraising mission for a charity supporting seriously ill children.

Isabelle Touhey, of Cross Hill, Ecclesfield, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer - in July, after doctors at Sheffield Children’s Hospital found a walnut-sized tumour in her lung cavity.

Part of the tumour was removed in an operation but a third of it had grown between her vertebrae and removing it could have left the brave youngster paralysed, so she is now undergoing chemotherapy to try to destroy the remaining cancer cells.

Now Katie Butler, originally from Chesterfield, has joined a fundraising mission to raise cash for the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia, which and supports children being treated for cancer or leukaemia at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and their families.

It provides trips and treats for the families, two holiday caravans and accommodation near the hospital. It also supports research projects at the hospital and provides equipment for the ward, clinic and community nurses.

Katie has completed a 10-mile run, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and has also entered a triathlon at Rother Valley Country Park on Saturday, September 15.

She said: “It was heartbreaking to hear what Isabelle was going through, and the fact she is only two makes it even harder to deal with.

“The 10-mile run was tough but thinking of Isabelle kept me going. She has been so brave despite all the scans, tests and treatment and is a total inspiration.”

Isabelle’s mum Kelly Touhey, 34, added: “It’s hard to explain how much our world has been turned upside down since we got the news just over a month ago that Isabelle has Neuroblastoma.

“We are all trying to be strong as we can both for Isabelle and our older daughter Lia and it is the support and incredible kindness that our family, friends and sometimes even strangers have shown that really helps us through.”

n Visit www.justgiving.com/Katie-Butler1 to donate.