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One Direction dream comes true as tumour-battling Molly to meet hero Niall Horan at Belfast gig

By Victoria O'Hara

One Direction star Niall Horan will make a dream come true for a little girl fighting a brain tumour after he promised he would meet the young fan at the band's Belfast concert.

Nine-year-old Molly Taylor is bravely battling medulloblastoma after being diagnosed in 2014 and has endured surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Her dream was to meet her hero from the boyband, who her mum says helped her through the intensive year of life-saving treatment.

During the tough year the family managed to get respite at Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, Co Down, a short break centre run by Northern Ireland Cancer Fund, to which golf star Rory McIlroy donated £1m.

A social media campaign 'Please Help Molly Meet One Direction in Belfast Oct 2015' was set up by family friend Philip Johnston and quickly went viral.

Then on Wednesday night the youngster, who attends Fourtowns Primary School in Co Antrim, was told the happy news.

The heartwarming surprise was captured by her big sister Ellie, who's aged 11, on a mobile phone.

Sitting in her bedroom in Ahoghill, Co Antrim, which is covered in One Direction posters, Molly watched the message on a mobile phone.

The singer says to her: "Hi Molly, it's Niall here. I can't wait to see you at the show, I've heard you've been a very brave girl. Lots of love, see you soon."

Mum Lisa said: "Her face said it all!

"It is just absolutely amazing for her, she deserves it.

"I think if it hadn't have been for Niall Horan I don't think she would have made it through last year. Just watching silly video clips and watching videos, it has kept her going.

"Watching him made her smile when she was going through such a tough time. And we can't thank Philip for organising all of this enough."

Lisa, who also has a five-year-old son Matthew, described how her and her engineer husband James (37) first got concerned when Molly started having coordination problems.

Molly, an Irish dancer, started to tilt her head when performing - something they thought was maybe down to shyness. Although she said she felt fine, they went to see her GP who sent her straight to Antrim Hospital. They then received the devastating news last March.

"No parent wants to hear those words. Mr and Mrs Taylor your daughter has a brain tumour. It did come as a bombshell."

The brave schoolgirl then had brain surgery, stem cell transplants, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

But her parents say their daughter is "a fighter".

Lisa (36) added: "She is still going to school and is doing so well. She is proving everybody wrong - Molly is just amazing, she is such a fighter.

"Meeting Niall will just be such a dream come true for her."

What is medullablastoma?

Medulloblastoma, sometimes called a primitive neuroectodermal tumour, is the most common type of malignant brain tumour.  It occurs most commonly in childhood, usually under the age of 10 years. Approximately 80 patients are diagnosed each year in the UK. The cause is unknown in most cases. Medulloblastoma develops in the cerebellum, the part of the brain at the back of the head responsible for balance and co-ordination.

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