Charity single for Tiny Dancer Lily-Mae is Irish number one
A SINGLE to fund cancer treatment for tiny dancer Lily-Mae Morrison has reached number one in the charts – and been backed by Sir Elton John.
The four-year-old wants to be a ballet dancer when she grows up but must first beat a form of the disease called neuroblastoma.
It is the same type of cancer that caused the death of seven-year-old Lewis Mighty, from Mackworth.
Lily-Mae, whose father is from Derby, could benefit from cutting-edge treatment in America but her family need to raise £350,000 to pay for it.
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A fund-raising remake of Elton John's Tiny Dancer has now been released and has gone straight to the top of the charts in Ireland, where Lily-Mae lives.
Tiny Dancer – A Song for Lily-Mae has been recorded by a 300-strong choir and is now tipped to be the country's Christmas number one.
And Elton John has backed the appeal.
A statement on the star's official website reads: "A beautiful version of Tiny Dancer has been recorded in Ireland as a way to raise money for the care of Lily-Mae Morrison, a four-year-old Irish girl who has neuroblastoma."
Lily-Mae's parents, Leighton Morrison, 36, originally from Derby, and Judith Sibley, 35, from Galway, are both professional ballet dancers.
The youngster was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve cells which affects one in 100,000 children under five, in June.
Her aunt, Nicola Baxter, lives in Derby and has also been raising money to send her abroad for treatment.
Nicola said: "Lily-Mae loves dinosaurs and the colour purple.
"Since her diagnosis she has had chemotherapy treatment and an operation to remove six tumours from her body.
"She is currently undergoing stem cell treatment in Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, in Dublin.
"But there is a 70% chance she will relapse and need the treatment in America."
Lily-Mae's family have set up the Sunni Mae Trust to raise money to pay for it.
If the treatment is not needed it will be donated to the Neuroblastoma UK Awareness Society.
As well as the fund-raising single, a group of male family members, including her dad, uncles, cousins and family friends, have posed for a nude charity calendar called Derby Hunks 2013.
To buy a calendar, priced at £10, call Dan Carlin on 07702 524101 or visit www.idonate.ie/372_sunni-mae-trust.html.
The charity version of Tiny Dancer is available to buy on iTunes.