A Clackmannanshire family are celebrating the news they dreamed of their daughter has beaten cancer for the second time.
Mackenzie Furniss, 10, had pioneering treatment after thousands of people donated to an appeal to pay for her to go to Germany for antibody procedures to tackle her relapsed neuroblastoma, an extremely aggressive childhood cancer.
In an emotional post on the appeal’s Facebook page tonight, the family shared a photo of the Sauchie youngster proudly declaring she has “kicked cancer’s butt for the second time.”
The post adds: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who helped make Mackenzie’s recovery possible. Without the help of everyone we would possibly be writing a totally different status update.
“Our family will never be able to tell you all enough how grateful we are!
“Every time we look at Mackenzie and (she) reaches new milestones or has new experiences we will be reminded that it is all possible because so many people believed in her and gave her a chance at LIFE!!”
Mackenzie had received months of treament both in Scotland and in Germany, and the family had been waiting anxiously following her final course of tests last month.
News that the treatment appears to have been successful was welcomed by hundreds of her supporters within minutes.
Pamela Giordano McLennan said: “This just made my day. Look at that face. Such a beautiful child who most definitely deserves a chance at life! X”
Ruth McLaren added: “I could cry with happiness for you hunny, fantastic news, you are looking gorgeous as ever with a bigger brighter smile, ll the best for your future plans xxx.”
Mackenzie is due to undergo a final procedure on Tuesday and is looking forward to going swimming.
More than £200,000 was raised through public donations for Mackenzie’s ongoing treatment, and the Scottish Government also agreed to part-fund her medical care.
See more at www.facebook.com/mackenziesmiracle.