Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Lily-Mae to Finally Meet Elton
Lily-Mae Morrison, six, who is battling a rare childhood cancer, first captured the hearts of the Irish public two Christmases ago after a charity cover version of Elton’s 1972 classic single ‘Tiny Dancer’ was released in her name.
The veteran pop superstar was so enchanted with both the moving version of his song and Lily-Mae’s bravery that he requested to meet her twice previously during subsequent tour dates in Cork and Paris.
But Lily-Mae, who suffers from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma and who was undergoing gruelling chemotherapy at the time, was too ill on both occasions and was left heartbroken after her parents were reluctantly forced to turn down the opportunity for her to meet her idol.
But happily, it looks like third time lucky for the Galway youngster, who fittingly has become better known as Ireland’s ‘Tiny Dancer’ and who recently reached a massive milestone in her bid to beat cancer, after crucial tests confirmed she had free of the killer disease for a whole year.
Yesterday, her delighted mother Judith Sibley said she cried tears of joy when a message arrived from the veteran singer-songwriter inviting Lily-Mae to meet him at Dublin’s 3Arena tomorrow and watch him perform.
“This means everything to us and Lily-Mae is beside herself with excitement. We were heartbroken when we had to turn down Elton John on two previous occasions, particularly when he played in Cork and I really didn’t expect Lily-Mae would get another invitation.
“But she has and she’s absolutely over the moon. It’s going to be a very emotional moment, because, of course, Elton is such a big part of Lily-Mae’s story.,” she said.