Isle of Wight youngster Sophie Rolf. Picture courtesy of Paul Blackley.
LITTLE Sophie Rolf’s latest brain scan has brought sad news for her family and friends.
The family of the Totland five year old, who has been battling an inoperable brain tumour for around one year, discovered her tumour had almost doubled in size since her last scan, during a stay at Southampton General Hospital.
The St Savour’s pupil had been taken to hospital over the weekend after developing shingles, before being transferred to Southampton for treatment and her scheduled MRI scan.
Sophie’s dad, Aaron Rolf, wrote on the Facebook page for Sophie’s fund, KissyPuppy: "Sophie’s tumour has doubled in size since Christmas and is working its way up into her brain and down into her brain stem.
"It looks as if there is nothing more we can try on the treatment front, however I promise you all we have not given up looking. We are faced with the very real facts that Sophie may well have only a few short months at the most."
Aaron added: "We know our little girl is a fighter and has shown us strength that I would never have believed possible and while we are in her corner battling every minute of every day, we are trying to come to terms with the truth that it is a battle we cannot hope to win."
Sophie has returned to the Island with Aaron, mum, Gemma, and brother, Jack, and is being treated in St Mary’s Hospital for shingles and a potential infection.
Aaron said: "We are focusing on Sophie’s birthday next week and beyond that, on a daily basis, making sure she wakes each day with a smile and ends it in the same manner. We thank you all for your continued support, kind words and sincere prayers."
Sophie has inspired people to raise money for her fund KissyPuppy, named after the special cuddles she reserves for her brother Jack, and the money raised for her is now going towards developing services and support for children at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
A charity auction, to raise money for KissyPuppy, will be held on September 27.
It has been organised by Michaela White, who is a full time carer for her son Nathan and has organised similar online auctions for other Island youngsters.
The auction will be hosted on Facebook, when Islanders will be invited to bid for lots, with funds going to the appeal.
Anyone who would like to donate lots can contact Michaela via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01983 812178.