On 1st June 2012 while most of us were going to places of fun and sun - Judith Sibley, from Claregalway, her four-year-old daughter Lily-Mae and the entire family - were going into a place of darkness. A spot that to this day, they are still fighting to get out of.
The devastating news had been delivered - Lily-Mae had cancer, a very rare and aggressive form - neuroblastoma. It was the worst - Stage 4. The chances of survival long-term were slim.
A song was sung by many to raise monies for The Sunni Mae Trust to fund research. The song called Tiny Dancer, reached No. 1 in the Irish charts. Elton John sent a public video with good will wishes. The story travelled around the world into many hearts.
This book is just part of that journey.
We hope it will help in some way towards giving Lily-Mae and children like her, their own *Happy Happy Happy ever after.
The Write Space is indebted to best-selling author Cathy Kelly, singer Mary Black, Gari Deegan (The Voice) Mickey Joe Harte, Brian Hogan (Killa), Sean McKeown (The Reverse), Matthew Devereux (The Pale), Rob Vickers (Les Miserables) for allowing their pieces to be included in this publication.
*Lily-Mae’s favourite saying.