A TEENAGER with a rare form of cancer hopes to bring her family with her when she goes to America for vital life-saving treatment.

Chloe Venton from Park South has battled Ewing’s sarcoma for months while completing her GCSEs at New College in between chemotherapy treatments in Oxford.

The tumour on the 15-year-old’s lower spine is currently inoperable and radiotherapy would cause too much damage to her other organs.

The NHS has paid for her to go to America with her mum Joanne for weeks of proton therapy which would target the tumour.

Chloe wants to also bring her dad Gary and her brothers Jack and Ryan with her, but this will cost £8,000.

She said: “If I didn’t have my family, I don’t think I would have been able to get through this.

“We support each other through the ups and downs which makes it all easier to deal with.

“I hate it when I spend a week in Oxford without them, so leaving most of them here while I’m in another country would be horrible.

“This has made us stronger as a family, but it’s been very difficult.

“Mum’s incredible, I don’t know how she does everything that she does.”

Chloe’s condition leaves her prone to infection and causes her difficulty when moving.

Joanne struggles with her own mobility issues, which were caused by failed spinal surgery.

She said: “It’s extremely important that we stay together.

“Chloe will be visiting three hospitals in the Jacksonville area and continuing her chemo while she’s over there, then we’ll have to see if the tumour shrinks enough for it to be surgically removed.”

Gary said: “Working full-time, looking after the kids and the long journeys to Oxford has been difficult to juggle.

“Chloe still did well in her exams, despite everything, we’re all very proud of her.

“I can’t imagine staying here while Chloe has treatment on the other side of the world.”

Chloe added: “The diagnosis was a big shock - I used to do mixed martial arts, swimming, cycling, I was always active.

“Studying for my pre-16s exams kept my mind occupied, I tried my best, and the college has been very supportive.

“We can’t plan anything anymore because how I feel changes on a daily and sometimes hourly basis, so any plans we do make go out the window.

“I’ve always wanted to be a paediatrician, helping children and their families.

“This has made me want to do it more because I’m more aware of what they go through.”

Joanne’s mum Suzanne Weller said: “It’s been a real fight to get this far but I’m so proud of them all.

“The first two doctors Chloe went to dismissed her and it was only when her mum became distraught with the third in May that he referred Chloe to hospital for an X-ray.

“Hours later, they were called back into hospital and received the diagnosis. - our whole world turned upside down that day.

“Joanne doesn’t normally get so emotional, but if she hadn’t, Chloe might not be here now.”

“Chloe is brilliant - despite all that’s happened, she’s really focused and studious.

“Joanne is absolutely amazing, the inner strength she has and the devotion to her family is beyond anything I have ever known.”

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