Brave little Sophie Taylor once stuck her tongue out at the bone cancer that, tragically, ended up claiming her life.
Now 16 months after her death at the age of five she has struck back at the disease.
Sophies donated tissues and DNA have helped scientists achieve a breakthrough in the treatment of childhood osteosarcoma.
They are now developing drugs to delay its spread by targeting a specific protein.
Dr Darrell Green, who is leading the research, said yesterday that Sophies blood samples were a vital contribution towards locating the cancer-spreading cells.
He explained: Those cells gave us the material to identify genetic drivers that cause spread of primary bone cancer.
Sophie passed away 16 months ago (Image: UEA / SWNS.COM)
Dr Green, of the University of East Anglia, said the death of his best friend Ben Morley from the cancer as a teenager inspired me to do something about it.
New technology enabled them to identify a one-in-a-billion cell driving cancer growth. With the University of Manchester they adapted osteosarcoma cells, causing the primary tumour to grow slower and blocking spread to the lungs.
She died aged just five after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma (Image: UEA / SWNS.COM)
Sophie’s dad asked people to post selfies of them sticking their tongues out at cancer as his daughter once did (Image: UEA / SWNS.COM)
Sophie, of Norwich, had a leg amputated in a bid to halt the cancer. However, it could not be stopped and she died in January 2019.
Sophies dad Alex Taylor said: We did not hesitate in offering Sophies tumour, DNA and RNA. We are so proud of how she fought and even more so that she has contributed to research which will be lifesaving.
Hundreds joined the #takeasophie campaign online launched by Alex. He wanted people to post selfies showing them sticking their tongues out at cancer .
Model Katie Piper, ex-Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew and BBC Countryfiles Adam Henson supported the campaign.
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