Brave Hollie Taylor makes progress in cancer battle

Hollie Taylor (right), from Bainsford, with her aunt Audrey Bliemhoff
Hollie Taylor (right), from Bainsford, with her aunt Audrey Bliemhoff
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A brave three-year-old who is fighting a rare cancer has teamed up with her auntie to urge Scots to quit booze in aid of a good cause.

Audrey Bloemhoff has pledged to ditch the drink for September and is encouraging people across Scotland to join her.

When Hollie’s cancer returned for a second time I changed my wedding day so Hollie could be there

Audrey Bloemhoff

Audrey’s niece Hollie Taylor, from Bainsford, has a rare type of cancer and the brave youngster is the inspiration for her fundraising challenge.

Dryathlon is the original fundraising campaign that invites social drinkers to take a month-long break from alcohol.

This is the first time that Cancer Research UK has run Dryathlon outside of its usual January campaign.

With the summer coming to an end, mum-of-four Audrey is bidding bon voyage to booze and sending alcohol packing in to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.

Audrey (40), of Cumbernauld, said: “When Hollie’s cancer returned for a second time I changed my wedding day so Hollie could be there.”

Hollie’s family were devastated after doctors discovered a rare rhabdoid tumour sitting at the top of Hollie’s lung cavity just before her second birthday.

She endured surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, responding well at first to treatment. But in January this year, tests revealed the cancer was back and medics had run out of treatment options.

But in May a second scan revealed the tumour had hardly grown at all. Now her family hope that if they can keep Hollie well, doctors can restart treatment again next year.

Audrey said: “Hollie starts nursery after the summer and she’s doing so well.”