'I want to bring a smile to this little princess'

A brave little girl battling with an incurable brain tumour has been given a cash gift to buy herself treats. It follows a fundraising effort by strongman and family friend Rocky Troiani who wants eight-year-old Lyrah Brewer from Faversham to have the best possible experiences for the remainder of her young life.

Rocky Troiani with Lyrah

He said: "Lyrah is battling time now so I want to bring a smile for this little princess. "Time is precious and she and her amazing mummy and family truly need all the support they can get right now."

He has been able to give her ?120 after a friend of his mother hand knitted more than a dozens special blue poppies which Rocky sold through Facebook.

It is not the first time Chatham motor trader Rocky has helped raise money for Lyrah and her family. Last year, he organised a strength competition at Cruz gyms in Chatham and helped raise around ?2,000 for them to have a memorable Christmas including a trip to Hamleys toy store in London. And next month, for Lyra's birthday, he has been sponsored for ?1,000 by Ambe Medical to pull a 60-ton Neil Yates recovery truck, with the proceeds going to the little girl.

Lyrah with mum Victoria and Rocky

"The latest money is for anything Lyrah wants to spend it on, like toys or paintings kit, just to make her happy," he said.

Lyrah Brewer was tragically found to have a DIPG tumour last April, which is a primary, high-grade brain tumour affecting children.

The Ospringe primary school pupil has spent most of her time at the Royal Marsden Hospital where she underwent radiotherapy but that has now stopped. The aim of family and friends is to now make her life as enjoyable as possible. A crowdfunding page, which has now closed, raised almost ?3,300 for her and the family so they could pay for additional expenses as well as a new garden playhouse and enjoying experiences together.

Mum Victoria, 33, who lives in Lewis Road, Faversham, has also been raising awareness of the devastating child cancer and has praised Lyrah for her "unwavering courage". "I think it is important to raise awareness, not just for Lyrah, but for anyone going through the same thing," she said. "There is little research and very limited treatments and I think with more awareness and support this can change."

Rocky has also taken on truck and bus pulls to raise money for other sick children and to support research into treatment for DIPG cancers and has just started up a community interest company called Bring Every Kind Smile.

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