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    Friday, August 23, 2013 1:47:18 PM

    Young Scots cancer sufferer Mackenzie Furniss to become VIP for the day as first Wasps mascot of the season

    Young Scots cancer sufferer Mackenzie Furniss, whose plight to raise £350,000 for life-saving stem cell treatment has sparked nationwide concern – including that of US-based singer-songwriter Pink, who donated £10K earlier this week – is to become Alloa Athletic Football Club’s first mascot of the season this weekend.

    Mackenzie, 9, who has suffered a relapse of childhood cancer neuroblastoma, will take to the pitch on Saturday to meet some of her local footballing heroes, including Wasps manager Paul Hartley, as part of a VIP experience Alloa Athletic FC chairman Mike Mulraney hopes will also help to raise awareness and boost the coffers of her appeal.

    Despite encouraging support, the Sauchie youngster, who has stage 4 neuroblastoma, still urgently needs to raise more than £260,000 to increase her chances of full remission from 5 per cent to 80 per cent.

    Mackenzie’s condition, which attacks the nervous system, is untreatable in the UK and it’s thought that pioneering cancer trials in Germany, for which the family must pay, could be her only hope.

    She was admitted to hospital this week with a temperature so it’s been touch and go whether she would be fit enough to join the players at the club.

    But brave Mackenzie says she is “really looking forward to it”.

    Mr Mulraney said: “All being well, we look forward to giving Mackenzie the VIP treatment she deserves.

    “We’re hoping to be able to kit Mackenzie out in the full Alloa Athletic FC strip, see her walk out onto the pitch with her dad and shake hands with all the players, have her pictures taken with Paul Hartley and, of course, give her some goodies to take home.”

    Mackenzie’s entourage of local supporters, including her best friend, nine-year-old Carly Watt, who has dedicated her school summer holidays to raising money, will run a collection outside on the day.

    Mr Mulraney added: “Naturally, there is a serious note to all this and we’re hoping that our football fans, sponsors and associates will help raise some extra cash for Mackenzie’s appeal.

    “We’re hoping for a good turn-out on the day so we’d like to encourage everyone to do their bit.”

    For more information, contact Head of PR & Media Relations Lynda Hamilton, The Mulraney Group, at lynda.hamilton@mulraney.com or on 01592 890520/07706134400.


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