An Irish teenager, who has been fighting an aggressive cancer for 10 years, is said to be in the US after a major fundraising effort to receive groundbreaking new treatment.
The neuroblastoma patient Robyn Smyth (13) from Whitehall in northern Dublin will be the first Irish woman to be admitted to a treatment trial at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York
after being examined at a Michigan hospital was where she has been treated for three years,
But because her family did not have the money to pay, it could not go forward and Robyns health had begun to deteriorate.  Her mother Bernadette Dornan-Smyth pleaded desperately for money and was pleased when the goal of € 326,000 was reached this weekend.
She said to well-wishers, "We've reached the magic mark of having enough money to pay the money. Breakthrough study treatment over the weekend and the whole family can not put into words how grateful and relieved we are.
"My head turned at the thought of getting Robyn so far and not putting her in the process that could possibly put one end to this monster.
"We do not know what the future holds, but because of you we have hope."
Robyn will fly to New York on Wednesday to meet the medical team she will treat on Thursday.
Ms. Dornan -Myth added, "We are all so relieved but also worried that after we make the upfront payment for the hospital, there will be no more money."
"So I ask people to continue Donate as there will be no stop-flight and cost of living.
"I have come so far for my daughter, who does not know what it's like to live a life without illness, and I will fight and fight to keep her with us, she deserves a life, but she is so fragile right now.
"Our flight on Wednesday can not come soon enough.
"Robyn's health struggles have obviously affected our family over the years and it has not been easy, but it has also made us strong and we will never give her up."
Robyn only got a 30 percent chance of survival when cancer was diagnosed with cancer at the children's clinic in Crumlin.
Three years ago, her chances dropped to 5 percent and her family was ordered to take her home to die. But they decided to raise money to take them to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan.
She has been in the US for more than 80 flights and continues to receive chemotherapy and other treatments at Our Lady.
Until last month Fundraising had stalled and only € 70,000 had been raised for the New York trial. Ms. Dornan-Smyth's request led Erin McGregor, the sister of UFC fighter Conor, to launch a dental technician challenge to help.
"Donations can be made via [email protected], idonate.ie/robynslife and gofundme.com / robynslife," added Mrs. Dornan-Smyth.