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Lunas prepares for treatment while popstar


pledges support L


ittle Luna Petagine is due to start her pioneering treatment in the United States


later this month. Mum and dad Lucy and Mario are making


arrangements to return to the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas, with four-year-old Luna to start on pioneering drugs which could help slow down a life-threatening Ependymoma brain tumour. Following their recent return from the US they


have had some private ―family time‖ to allow them to make some decisions about the intensity of Luna‘s treatment and living arrangements, and schooling for the couple‘s other children Aldo, aged six, and Enza, aged two. Mum Lucy said: ―We shall be returning to Houston to start the treatment. We are w a i t i n g F D A approval and a date for Luna to undergo surgery to give her access lines for her treatment. ―We are also trying to arrange an MRI and a local team to care for Luna on our return to the UK. We still need to raise funds so Luna can c o n t i n u e h e r treatment for as long


as she needs it. We hope only two years but cannot be certain at this stage. We would again like to thank everyone for their kind words and generous support and hope this continues with us on this journey.‖ Luna‘s assessment


in Texas cost £20,000 and the drugs will cost £50,000 a year. Although the Luna


Appeal did hit its initial target of £100,000, fundraising will continue as no one can be sure just how long Luna will need to take the drug treatment. A key fundraising event will take place at the


Luna will start treatment later this month, and


has won the support of singer Sarah Harding.


Hilton Hotel in Watford in November. Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding will be the main guest at the Light up the Sky for Luna event on Friday, November 4. Sarah agreed to help out after being touched


by the plight of little Luna. She was also impressed with the campaign to raise funds so Luna. Sarah, who earlier this year got engaged to DJ


Tom Crane, was told about Luna by her future sister-in-law Anna Iversen, who is married to Crystal Palace footballer Steffen Iversen. The couple who live in Kings Langley have


been strong supporters of Luna‘s campaign. There are amazing auction prizes including


iPad, Girls Aloud signed memorabilia, dinner for two at Gilgamesh London, David Haye boxing gloves and many more prizes. There will also be a raffle which will be drawn by Sarah. For tickets telephone 07840 609721.


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