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‘She will beat it again’ as brain tumour returns

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 16, 2013

  • Sarah Kuster, with her daughter Olivia, after running the Silverstone half Marathon in honour of Liberty

  • Destiny and Liberty

  • Liberty Rose Finn

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THE parents of a six-year-old have thanked wellwishers for the huge support they have received after learning their daughter’s inoperable brain tumour has returned.

Dawn and Carl Finn, of Station Street, Castle Gresley, said Liberty has beaten the tumour once and she can do it again.

Their upbeat attitude follows on from their daughter’s own positive outlook despite now having to face the painful side effects of chemotherapy again.

In 2010, aged just three, Liberty Rose beat the tumour – an optic chaism glioma – which was wrapped around her optical nerve - and meant it could never be operated on due to its size and location.

The tumour disappeared on its own 10 months after Liberty stopped chemotherapy which only reduced the cancer by half.

However, the youngster still had to have regular MRI scans and the latest one revealed the sad news her parents had been dreading.

“The doctor rang us asking us to come to hospital to discuss the results. I was worried from then on as usually they just tell us the results,” said Dawn, “when I went in and the doctor started with the word ‘unfortunately’ I was just gone.”

The family, which includes Liberty’s twin sister, Destiny, have restarted the Liberty Rose Trust due to popular demand and are already taking orders of hoodies – all designed to raise awareness of childhood cancers.

Woodville Rangers FC will attend the Derby County Vs Leicester game on Saturday to parade around the pitch with a Liberty Rose Trust banner on Sky TV – giving the trust the maximum exposure.

Liberty has now been fitted with a port under her skin which means needles can be attached at any time and she can still have a bath.

Mrs Finn said: “She is completely fine. To look at her, you wouldn’t think anything was wrong. She is going to school as normal. Because she is so positive you cannot help but be positive with her.”

Liberty’s father added: “At the moment it is all about saving her sight. If she loses it then it becomes light threatening but at the moment they are trying to save her sight.”

Speaking of the return of the tumour, Dawn said: “This wasn’t meant to happen. (The tumour) completely went so why take that away from us?”

Fortunately, the tumour is not on the chasm and is also less dense than last time.

Her parents said: “We just want to thank everyone who sent us messages, it really does lift you up.”

The trust’s website is available by visiting www.libertyrosetrust.org

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