ABC News: Child brain cancer trial funding boost offering hope to families looking for a 'miracle'

17 Jul 2018

Monique Squires was about to turn four when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Her mother and father, Danielle and Darryl Squires, were shocked.

"She was complaining about headaches, some type of dizziness. Some mornings she'd wake up and vomit, just very randomly. Then one day her eye turned in," Ms Squires said.

"We were flown to the Royal Children's Hospital where later on we were told that Monique had DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a very aggressive brain tumour, and there was nothing they could do.

Monique was given only months to live and received radiation treatment to try and prolong her life.

"Both of us were crying, saying, 'There must be something, please, there must be a miracle'," Ms Squires said.

"The answer we got was 'No, sorry there's nothing we can do. Sometimes we don't have the answers'."

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