Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Little Princess Mia Deserves a Send-Off Fit for One of Her Fairytale Heroines. Community Rallies to Support Family of Four-Year-Old Facing Heartbreaking Future

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Our Little Princess Mia Deserves a Send-Off Fit for One of Her Fairytale Heroines. Community Rallies to Support Family of Four-Year-Old Facing Heartbreaking Future

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Byline: Mike Blackburn Senior Reporter mike.blackburn@trinitymirror.com

THE devastated family of a little girl diagnosed with a fatal brain tumour is determined she will be sent off "like a princess".

And an East Cleveland community is rallying together to make their wishes come true - and to ensure there will be six white horses at little Mia Mary May's funeral.

Mia's mum and dad, from Carlin How, were left reeling after their three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer in August last year. Following a scan at the RVI in Newcastle, doctors gave Mia's parents the heartwrenching news she had just nine to 12 months to live.

"You never, ever think it's going to happen to you," dad Paul told The Gazette.

"She was such a loud, boisterous character - like having a 16-year-old in the house.

"It just breaks your heart to think she's not going to be there."

Little Mia, who turned four in December, was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) "completely out of the blue".

It is one of the most resistant of all cancers to chemotherapy treatments and primarily affects children.

Mia underwent six weeks of radiotherapy "to improve her quality of life", said Paul, 28, who also has a three-year-old son and a four-week-old daughter with Jess, his partner and Mia's mum.

"She was doing really well until the last two weeks when it's just all gone wrong.

"Her eyes aren't focusing and she can't walk very far. She can still speak but I was singing a nursery rhyme to her the other day and she just kept repeating 'five' over and over again" Paul said his daughter is "obsessed with princesses".

"We want her to go as a princess," he said.

Mia's family has been touched by the response from the East Cleveland community to help them raise the funds so their daughter can have a funeral carriage pulled by six white horses. …

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