TV's Harry Gration backs swim fundraiser for Doncaster girl with terminal tumour
The Yorkshire television favourite was on hand to give his support to more than one hundred people taking part in a sponsored swim to raise money for Erin Moran, six, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
The Swim for Erin event took place at Manvers Lake in Wath on Sunday and is part of a campaign to raise £100,000 for her family to pay for specialist treatment which they hope will prolong her life.
Erin was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma or DIPG, earlier this year, said swim organiser Joe Tillotson.
"Unfortunately we haven't got a miracle cure so all we can think of to support the family is to try and raise some funds to support them in any treatment to give her every chance," he added.
Erin, a keen swimmer, gymnast and fit and healthy youngster, first started developing problems earlier this year after developing an eye squint.
Said Mr Tillotson: “She was seen at the opticians, leading to an urgent eye clinic appointment.
“A CT scan was done and it was initially thought that they could rule out anything life-threatening.”
But on April 29 Erin developed slurred speech and was taken by her parents to A&E where again she was discharged.
On May 3, Erin had weakness in her right arm and then a day later her right leg weakened too.
After more tests, on May 5 an MRI scan was done and Chris and Nina were told that they had found a lesion on the pons – part of the brain stem.
The following day they were given the utterly devastating news that they were going to lose their little girl.
The couple, who live in Campsall, with their other daughter Freya, ten, were told that the DIPG tumour is one of the most fatal of children’s brain cancers.
You can support the appeal for Erin HERE