Roxana's brave cancer battle
FAMILY, friends and neighbours are praying for five-year-old Roxana Roberts who has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
After enduring eight months of chemotherapy, smiley Roxana had only just started school in Torquay when a biopsy revealed yet more tumours this week.
Now doctors are fighting to get her back into remission.
Mum Sarah, of Cedar Court Road, was this week told the only hope is a bone marrow transplant.
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Sarah said: "To be told she's possibly incurable is just hell. She has already been through hell herself, but the amazing thing is she can still keep smiling.
"She has asked me if she is going to die, but she doesn't know she has cancer.
"It was amazing to come home when Roxana was in remission. She started at Abbey School, but she was very shy because she has lost all her hair.
"But I knew what the result of the biopsy was going to be this week, because she hasn't been right for a couple of weeks."
Now Sarah's friends are organising a Children's Cancer charity ball at Torquay's Grosvenor Hotel and expensive raffle prizes are pouring in.
Single mum Sarah, who also has a 16-month old son, Connor, wants to raise money for cancer charities, especially CLIC House in Bristol where she has been staying during Roxana's months of treatment, and Cancer Research UK.
One of the organisers, Samantha Cooper, said: "The raffle prizes we have are very good, but we would like more because that would mean even more money for charity.
"We already have kind donations from Kents Cavern, the Steam Railway, Pennywell Farm, Play Cafe Torquay, Apollo Cinema, Torbay Bookshop, Lorren's Health Spa, Dominoes Pizza, Rainbow Fun House and the Grosvenor Hotel has given us an annual family leisure pass and a family day leisure pass.
"We will also be auctioning a two-night stay for a family of four at any Richardson Hotel. We are hoping to raise as much as we can for these charities for Roxana and her mum."
The ball will be on Friday, April 19, from 5pm to 8pm and will have a Punch and Judy show, children's entertainers, face painting and children's buffet.