Family overwhelmed by support for baby daughter battling eye cancer

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CORNWALL, Ontario - A baby battling a rare form of eye cancer continues to make strides  - and her parents couldn't be happier with the news, or support they've received from the community.

Little Emma McCuaig was born with retinoblastoma, a disease that mostly affects children under the age of five. One of her eyes has already been removed, but her father Tim told Seaway News his daughter is being fitted with a prosthetic this week.

And despite her trials, hasn't missed a beat.

"She's just a really happy baby," he said. "She's doing very well."

Emma has undergone treatment for tumours that continue to attack her left eye, and Tim said doctors have outlined a regimen that will see her make regular trips to Toronto to "zap and new cancer cells" that present themselves.

In the meantime the support the family has received has been overwhelming, he said.

"We just want to thank everyone for thinking of us and for helping us through this," he said.

Just last month upwards of 500 people packed the McCuaig Miracle Benefit at Best Western Cornwall to help offset the costs of Emma's chemotherapy treatment at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

A live auction raised a total of $27,150.

Organizations: Seaway News, Hospital for Sick Children

Geographic location: Ontario, Toronto, Toronto.A

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