Ellen shows her amazing courage as she raises even more money in head shave
A nine-year-old girl with leukemia has raised more than €6,000 by shaving her head ahead of her bone marrow transplant.
Ellen Spring, from Carpenterstown, west Dublin, is participating in Today FM's Shave Or Dye campaign while she is kept in isolation in Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin.
The courageous schoolgirl has been battling leukemia since January last year, and has already raised €12,000 by shaving off her hair -- which had been down to her waist -- last year.
Ellen's mum Sinead said: "She fell ill last January and she had her treatment over a period of six months and she got the all-clear. But she lapsed again in September and she needed more chemo.
"Last January she knew that she was going to lose her hair, so she said she'd shave it off for charity, and between Ellen and her father Paul, they raised €12,000.
"And this time again, she knew she was going to lose her hair with the chemo for the bone marrow transplant so she said she'd shave it off again. Her target this time around was €1,000 but now she's raised €6,000."
Ellen's mum says she is bravely dealing with her illness.
"She's brilliant. She's extremely positive. She's literally in isolation now and only myself, Paul and the nurses can visit her. So raising this money is a way for her to be connected to the outside world."
"There are times when Ellen is very, very sick, and I say to her, 'Ellen, I'm so sorry, I wish I could take your place and go through the illness for you'. But she says, 'Oh mam, don't say that, I'd rather me be sick than anyone else in the house'."
Anyone who wishes to donate money can do so through www.Mycharity.ie/event/Ellen