Schoolgirl, Lucy Moroney lives with her family on the Wirral Peninsula; The Spider and the Whale is her first book. The story was inspired by an incident in the bathroom when Lucy saw her mummy flush a spider down the toilet! Lucy's fantastic imagination and her warm sense of humour, helped her create this amusing tale. In 2017, aged just 9, Lucy was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) - a (so far) terminal and inoperable brain tumour.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards Lucy's Pineapple Fund (Lucy really loves pineapples!) to pay for alternative treatments and therapiesBuy the Book
After being flushed down the toilet, little Spider is saved by Whale, who agrees to help his lost new friend find his way back home. Grateful Spider promises to one day repay the favour – much to mighty Whale’s amusement.
A tale of ingenuity over strength, proving thart size is no barrier to being courageous.
32 page picture book with full colour illustrations.Buy the Book
DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, is a type of brain tumor found in an area of the brainstem known as the pons. The name diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma describes how the tumor grows, where it is found, and what kinds of cells give rise to the tumor.
Diffuse means that tumor is not well-contained - it grows out into other tissue so that cancer cells mix with healthy cells. For this reason, it is impossible to surgically remove DIPG tumors without damaging healthy tissue, making DIPG very hard to treat.
Pontine indicates that the tumor is found in a part of the brainstem known as the pons. The pons is responsible for a number for important bodily functions, like breathing, sleeping, bladder control and balance. Because these functions are vital to survival, the pressure from the growing tumor is very dangerous.
Glioma is a general term for tumors originating from glial cells. Glial cells are found throughout the brain. They make up the white matter of the brain t hat surrounds and supports the neurons (neurons are cells that carry messages in the brain). Gliomas can form in different areas of the brain. DIPG occurs in glial cells in the pons.
DIPG primarily affects children, with most diagnoses occurring between 5 and 7 years of age. DIPG makes up 10-15% of all brain tumors in children, affecting between 20 to 30 children in the UK every year. Unlike many other pediatric cancers, there has been little progress in improving treatments and cure rates for DIPG over the last few decades. Unfortunately, fewer than 10% of children with DIPG survive two years from diagnosis.Buy the Book