Linnea Nordström got cancer when she was five years old, in 2016. She was then struck by the unusual and aggressive tumor disease DIPG on the brainstem. It soon became clear that established treatments in Sweden were missing and that the Karlskrona family started a collection to treat their daughter abroad.
Thousands of money collected
While the family of Linnea fought a constant battle to raise funds for the very expensive trips to a private clinic in Monterrey, thousands of Linneas and the family's struggle against the cancer were affected.
The treatment in Mexico caused the tumor to be retained, Linnea was symptom-free during periods, despite the fact that the tumor remained.
Over two million crowns were collected over the years and Linnea could therefore be treated regularly. The result was that Linnea could go to nursery school in the autumn of last year.
During the night until Wednesday, the Linnea family announced that the game was over and Linnea would leave the day on which she would start in first grade.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to those who have contributed to the treatment or have given Linnea more days in life in other ways.
"We want to thank everyone who has helped us in every way possible, and anyone who hoped for a miracle and had hope and thus gave Linnea extra time, extra days she would not have had otherwise, said Giedre Nordström.
• Brain stemglioma, DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma), is an aggressive tumor of the brainstem.
• Between five and ten children in Sweden are affected annually.
• The tumor can not be removed because the child can die during the operation. Cellulite and radiation are used to relieve and prolong the life of the child.
• The affected children usually die within one year of the diagnosis. Less than one percent of the victims live after five years.
The Childhood Cancer Foundation supports research projects related to DIPG.
Source: Childhood Cancer Fund, Pharmaceutical World