Newcastle fundraiser for Annabelle Potts to continue experimental brain cancer treatment in Mexico


Help needed: The family of Annabelle Potts, pictured bottom right, is urging people to support her treatment. Search ‘Love for Annabelle’ via Eventbrite to buy tickets.ADAM Potts and Kathie Griffiths were told to “go home and make memories” aftertheir daughter, Annabelle, was diagnosed with an aggressiveand difficult-to-treat brain cancer known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

But, desperate to do something to save her, the Canberra family put four-year-old Annabelle forward to participate inan experimental treatment trial in Mexico.

Central Coast resident Tricia Pannell, a relative of the family, said the treatmenthad decreased the tumourand reduced Annabelle’s physical symptoms, but she was not cured yet. She urgedthe Newcastle community to get behind a localfundraiser atDixon Park Surf Life Saving Club on April 20 to help Annabelle continuethe treatment.

Ms Pannell said Annabelle needed to return to Mexico every 10-to-12 weeks, which costs the family about$30,000 each time.

“Thankfully it’s now longer between treatments, butit’s still a major expense and all fundraiser money to date has been used 100 per centon Annabelle’s Mexico treatments. But it hasall run out,” Ms Pannell said.

Read more: Cancer patients cop 10k out of pocket “So that’s the main reason we need this event to be a success so we can follow the doctors orders and have Annabelle return as needed to keep her symptom-free.”

Annabelle’s motherhas previously told Fairfax Media that withina few months of the unique form of intra-arterial chemotherapy, doctors in confirmed her tumour had shrunk and her symptoms had eased, although they were unable to say if it was the Mexico treatment that was responsible.

“Before she was vomiting every single day, she couldn’t go to daycare, she’d be having meltdowns, but two days after her first treatment [in Mexico], that all stopped,”Ms Griffiths said.

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