A PROUD family today paid tribute to a brave youngster who inspired an entire town.
Molly Robinson, 10, from Fleetwood, died surrounded by her loving family after a two-year-fight with a rare form of cancer.
Bubbly Molly inspired people across Fleetwood with her determination and the whole town rallied to raise money for her to help while she received specialist therapy in America.
She died just days after turning 10 – the birthday her family thought she would never reach.
Her devastated grandad Ron Postle said: “She fought it and fought it, but after two years she did lose that battle on Sunday night.
“We were all with her, her mum and dad and sister Jess by her bedside, it’s very raw and we haven’t come to terms with it yet, her mum and dad are devastated, as are we all.
“We have had so much support from family and friends, from hospital in Manchester, everyone,” said Mr Postle.
“Her school, St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s, has rallied round constantly. Her teachers came to see her, including Mr Clough her very first teacher. Father Alf Hayes has given us a lot of support too. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
Molly, of Manor Road, was diagnosed in May 2011 with the rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma a type of malign cancer which affects tissue, often in the face or neck.
The best chance of treating the cancer was through proton beam therapy only offered in America.
The town rallied together to organise fundraising events to help the family while they were there for Molly’s treatment.
For a while things started to look a bit better and Molly even returned to school. But the cancer would not go away.
“They tried to reduce the tumour and carried on treating her but to no avail,” said Mr Postle.
“Then she took a turn for the worse and was in intenstive care in Blackpool Victoria Hospital, it was then they knew they couldn’t cure her.
“Molly was such a bubbly girl and she loved her dancing, we will miss her so much.”
St Wulstan’s RC Primary School headteacher Richard Sanderson said: “This is a chapter in the life of the school that has affected many children and adults deeply.
“However, we cannot imagine for a second how traumatic the experience has been, and will continue to be for Molly’s family.
“As a school we stand together, ready to support them at this most difficult time.
“’Molly has had such a positive effect on all the children and adults alike, all of whom had nothing but the very nicest things to say about her.’
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Molly and her family.”