But Sam, 34, and Michelle Lea, 36, received an incredible £184,000 in just 12 days from family and friends - more than enough to pay for seven-year-old Frankie-Rose's treatment.
The poor girl was first diagnosed with cancer of her brain and spine in August this year. And despite receiving ten weeks of chemotherapy, the tumours tripled in size.
Doctors told the family the best way to fight the aggressive disease was to have the specialist treatment that was only available in America.
The devastated couple from Kent were scared that without this life-saving treatment, their daughter may not make it to Christmas, so they put their house - which was also home to their other two children, Alfie, 11, and Freddie, five - up for sale.
Thankfully, they were able to take it off the market, as friends and family rallied to help, raising the cash in less than two weeks.
Friend Nicola Townsend was quoted in the Daily Mirror discussing the couple's trauma: "They faced being homeless at a very difficult time. People have been so generous. It has restored my faith in humanity. They have been just overwhelmed by the support."
Frankie-Rose had surgery on her brain last week to reduce swelling and they're hoping she will fly to Oklahoma, U.S, next week to undergo the treatment.
We're keeping everything crossed it all goes well.
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