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Saturday 18 August 2018

Communion wish comes true for brave leukemia girl Alyssa

A DUBLIN girl who has lost her hair during her battle with leukemia will celebrate her Communion Day with a special tailor-made head- dress -- thanks to a kind- hearted designer for cancer patients.

Alyssa Purcell (8), from Tallaght, was diagnosed with leukemia last April and lost her long locks as a result of her chemotherapy.

The little girl will celebrate her Communion Day in April and she was desperate to have a head- dress and veil along with all of her friends.

Her mum Joanna called RTE's Liveline in a last attempt to source a tailor-made head dress for Alyssa.

Joanna said: "She's lived for this [her Communion]. Even last year, when my nieces were making their communion, she was getting excited. She's after going through enough so I didn't care, I would have gone to the ends of the earth for her.

"She goes around baldy because she's confident enough. But for her Communion Day, I wanted her to be happy because she's been looking forward to it for so long."

Angela Goulding from Blue Rose Waterford, which makes headwear for chemotherapy patients came to the rescue to grant Alyssa's wish for the day.

Joanna said: "They're going to make a hat which will be the same shape as her head so that I can sew in the veil and the headdress."

Alyssa hasn't enjoyed a day outside since Christmas Day, so the Communion Day will be extra special.

"We're going to visit all the relatives after we go to the mass, and then we'll do some dinner if we can," said Joanna.

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