Parents who feared having to sell their home to pay for cancer treatment for their seven- year -old daughter have now arrived in America for treatment after readers helped to raise more than £180,000 to fund proton beam therapy.

Frankie-Rose Lea, seven, left the UK yesterday (Tuesday) with her mother Michelle Lea, 36, father Sam Lea, 34, and brothers Alfie, 11, and Freddie five.

Proton beam therapy which they hope will save Frankie’s life after her tumour tripled in size will start at a clinic in Oklahoma City this week.

There had been fears that Frankie-Rose, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August, wouldn’t be fit to fly after a scan revealed a dangerous build of fluid on her brain.

The news came shortly after her family and friends began raising funds for the treatment, which is not currently available in the UK.

Frankie-Rose was admitted to hospital last Wednesday where it was originally feared a shunt on her brain to drain fluid build ups had stopped working and she would need to undergo emergency brain surgery.

But her parents were relieved when medics found the shunt was in fact working and successfully cleared the build up without the need for surgery.

They were then given the green light to fly to America for the treatment they hope will save Frankie’s life.

The money raised to support Frankie-Rose means the family did not have to sell their home which they placed on the market for £50,000 less than it’s market value.

The family will now stay together in accommodation near the hospital where Frankie-Rose will be treated for one hour a day between Monday and Friday for two months.

It means they will be able to spend Christmas together in America.

Before she left mum Michelle, a dinner lady, revealed the family had been told that the NHS would not have funded Frankie-Rose to have proton beam therapy because her tumour is too aggressive.

She said: ‘Even if we had have applied for funding we wouldn’t have got it so thank goodness we started fundraising.’

She also spoke of her joy at not having to sell the family home and the importance of being able to stay together as a family.

She said: ‘ Friends, family, everyone that donated thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

‘It’s so important for us to be able to stay together at a time like this. As parents you want to be there for all your children and that is what keeps you strong.

‘I’m in awe of the way people have rallied together to help us, our friends and family have been incredible and the kindness of complete strangers has restored my faith in everything.’

But she added that she hoped her daughter’s case would highlight the need for proton beam therapy to be available in the UK sooner rather than later.

She said: ‘ We are the lucky ones because we have amazing friends and family who have helped us and the public support has been overwhelming, but we still feel that Frankie-Rose and every other patient should be able to access this therapy in the UK.

‘When you are dealing with the news that your child or someone you love has cancer you want to be supporting them and spending time together not desperately fundraising and searching for treatment to try and save them.

‘We need it here now, not in five years time and I hope what happened to us helps make that possible for another family so they don’t have to go through this.’

They now plan to keep their 9,000 followers on facebook updated with Frankie-Rose’s progress and on Monday evening posted a status with the news that they were set to travel to the states.

It said: Dear friends, family, donators and well wishers…Everyone who has helped us achieve the following. We are off to America at 6am tomorrow morning. Our heartfelt thanks to you all for your help it means we will be together at Christmas getting the best medicine we can. See you next year…Feeling positive.’

The comment was met with a surge of over 2,000 likes from supporters.

A family friend told the Mail Online Frankie-Rose and her parents were in good spirits when they left their South London home yesterday morning.

She said: ‘ They were feeling really happy and positive to be on their way at last. It’s been a rollercoaster but they got there and Frankie-Rose was smiling.’

‘I cannot express how much they appreciate the support they have had from the public across Britain and even worldwide as well as all their family and friends in London. Everyone has worked so hard to make this possible and it means so much to them.

‘They they were just so pleased and relieved to be on their way to getting their daughter the best medicine.’

Though the target has been met to cover the initial cost of treatment the fund raising page remains open to help meet the ongoing cost of after care and future treatment Frankie-Rose might need.

To support the family visit tp://www.gofundme.com/h3upn4

Parents who feared having to sell their home to pay for cancer treatment for their seven- year -old daughter have now arrived in America for treatment after readers helped to raise more than £180,000 to fund proton beam therapy.

Frankie-Rose Lea, seven, left the UK yesterday (Tuesday) with her mother Michelle Lea, 36, father Sam Lea, 34, and brothers Alfie, 11, and Freddie five.

Proton beam therapy which they hope will save Frankie’s life after her tumour tripled in size will start at a clinic in Oklahoma City this week.

There had been fears that Frankie-Rose, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in August, wouldn’t be fit to fly after a scan revealed a dangerous build of fluid on her brain.

The news came shortly after her family and friends began raising funds for the treatment, which is not currently available in the UK.

Frankie-Rose was admitted to hospital last Wednesday where it was originally feared a shunt on her brain to drain fluid build ups had stopped working and she would need to undergo emergency brain surgery.

But her parents were relieved when medics found the shunt was in fact working and successfully cleared the build up without the need for surgery.

They were then given the green light to fly to America for the treatment they hope will save Frankie’s life.

The money raised to support Frankie-Rose means the family did not have to sell their home which they placed on the market for £50,000 less than it’s market value.

The family will now stay together in accommodation near the hospital where Frankie-Rose will be treated for one hour a day between Monday and Friday for two months.

It means they will be able to spend Christmas together in America.

Before she left mum Michelle, a dinner lady, revealed the family had been told that the NHS would not have funded Frankie-Rose to have proton beam therapy because her tumour is too aggressive.

She said: ‘Even if we had have applied for funding we wouldn’t have got it so thank goodness we started fundraising.’

She also spoke of her joy at not having to sell the family home and the importance of being able to stay together as a family.

She said: ‘ Friends, family, everyone that donated thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

‘It’s so important for us to be able to stay together at a time like this. As parents you want to be there for all your children and that is what keeps you strong.

‘I’m in awe of the way people have rallied together to help us, our friends and family have been incredible and the kindness of complete strangers has restored my faith in everything.’

But she added that she hoped her daughter’s case would highlight the need for proton beam therapy to be available in the UK sooner rather than later.

She said: ‘ We are the lucky ones because we have amazing friends and family who have helped us and the public support has been overwhelming, but we still feel that Frankie-Rose and every other patient should be able to access this therapy in the UK.

‘When you are dealing with the news that your child or someone you love has cancer you want to be supporting them and spending time together not desperately fundraising and searching for treatment to try and save them.

‘We need it here now, not in five years time and I hope what happened to us helps make that possible for another family so they don’t have to go through this.’

They now plan to keep their 9,000 followers on facebook updated with Frankie-Rose’s progress and on Monday evening posted a status with the news that they were set to travel to the states.

It said: Dear friends, family, donators and well wishers…Everyone who has helped us achieve the following. We are off to America at 6am tomorrow morning. Our heartfelt thanks to you all for your help it means we will be together at Christmas getting the best medicine we can. See you next year…Feeling positive.’

The comment was met with a surge of over 2,000 likes from supporters.

A family friend told the Mail Online Frankie-Rose and her parents were in good spirits when they left their South London home yesterday morning.

She said: ‘ They were feeling really happy and positive to be on their way at last. It’s been a rollercoaster but they got there and Frankie-Rose was smiling.’

‘I cannot express how much they appreciate the support they have had from the public across Britain and even worldwide as well as all their family and friends in London. Everyone has worked so hard to make this possible and it means so much to them.

‘They they were just so pleased and relieved to be on their way to getting their daughter the best medicine.’

Though the target has been met to cover the initial cost of treatment the fund raising page remains open to help meet the ongoing cost of after care and future treatment Frankie-Rose might need.

To support the family visit tp://www.gofundme.com/h3upn4