Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tiny Dancer Lily-Mae
SUPERSTAR Elton John is backing a new campaign to raise much needed funds for a little Irish girl battling cancer.
The singer has been tweeting about a cover of his song Tiny Dancer, recorded by a host of Irish stars to fundraise for the treatment of Lily-Mae Morrison (4) from Claregalway, Co Galway.
Lily-Mae was diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma last year. The rare disease only affects 1 in 100,000 children here and had spread to Lily-Mae’s bone marrow by the time it was diagnosed. Survival rates are between 30 per cent and 50 per cent.
Treatment for Neuroblastoma is gruelling and the little girl must attend Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin each week for treatment.
Her parents, Judith and Leighton, are self-employed choreographers who’ve had to give up work to look after Lily-Mae full-time. However, family friend Stephen Macken decided to help out by convincing high-profile Irish stars to record a song for Lily-Mae.
Chart toppers Declan O’Rourke, Paddy Casey and Mary Black are just some of those who joined a choir of 250 voices to record Elton John’s Tiny Dancer last month — and it has already become a massive YouTube hit.
The Sunni-Mae Trust was launched to raise funds for Lily-Mae’s treatment in July — and has already raised €80,000 to date. But now Lily-Mae’s mum has set her sets on Tiny Dancer hitting the top of the charts for Christmas and raising €1million for charity.