Brave five-year-old Tilly Simpson is in Texas receiving treatment for an inoperable brain tumour.
The youngster, whose grandfather John Simpson owns the accident repair centre in Linlithgow, was diagnosed with a DIPG brain tumour four weeks ago.
With the survival rate being just above zero per cent, Tilly’s parents Lewis, from Linlithgow and Michelle who lives in Ayr, found a facility in the states that could extend Tilly’s life.
The tot is now undergoing a combination of targeted gene therapy and antineoplastons.
It is proven that antineoplaston therapy supplies the body with the substances needed to correct the abnormal development of the cell and allow it to develop normally or to die a natural cell death, while healthy cells are not affected.
Lewis and Michelle will be in Texas for a few weeks until they learn how to administer the treatment correctly, then they and Tilly will come home.
However, the life-saving medicine is not cheap and could cost at least $17,000 a month, so lots of events have been organised to raise the cash for Tilly.
An awareness video asking people to shake their tailfeathers for Tilly has also been started and the message has been spread to all corners of the globe.
Visit www.chuffed.org/project/raising-hope-for-tilly, if you wish to donate to Tilly’s fund.