Robyn (10) gets a warm send-off as she departs for US cancer care
BRAVE Robyn Smyth, who is battling cancer, jetted out to the United States yesterday from Dublin Airport for specialist treatment.
The ten-year-old, from Whitehall, will undergo tests at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Michigan where it will be determined how her cancer should be treated.
Her devoted parents, Bernadette and Leighton, will have their first meeting with medics tomorrow at the hospital.
The couple also have a daughter Millie (3) who is going with them, and Bernadette's best friend Martina Burrowes,
Robyn will have blood tests and will also have to continue with chemotherapy treatment while over there to keep her cancer at bay, while a treatment plan is devised, her mum said.
The US hospital specialises in personalised cancer treatments.
Ten year old Robyn Smyth with her sister Millie (3) at Dublin Airport
"We need to try and come up with a plan to see what drugs can help her.
"We won't know more until the scans are done, a biopsy is done, and people look at the biopsy and see is there anything at all that could help," said Bernadette speaking to the Herald from the airport before jetting off.
Members of Robyn's extended family, including her cousins, gathered at the airport to give little Robyn a loving send-off.
Kindhearted Dubliners have rallied around the fundraising initiatives for her treatment, and the family desperately need these efforts to continue as they face further significant costs.
"There has been brilliant work done, and we need everybody to keep going," Bernadette said.
Little Robyn has been battling neuroblastoma since the age of three. Following aggressive treatment, she entered remission, but it returned in 2013.
The most recent scan, which was done here in April, showed that she still had cancer in her jaw, spine, rib and pelvis, her mum said.
To make a donations, see www.robynslife.com.