Lily shines at Little Star Awards

Four-year-old Ellon girl Lily Brushneen, who survived cancer, was a guest of honour at the Little Star Awards party held in London to to salute the courage of all children coping with the disease.
Four-year-old Ellon girl Lily Brushneen, who survived cancer, was a guest of honour at the Little Star Awards party held in London to to salute the courage of all children coping with the disease.

A BRAVE young Ellon girl, who survived cancer, played a leading role at a special party held to recognise the courage of all children coping with the disease.

Four-year-old Lily Brushneen was a guest of honour at the Little Star Awards event, held by Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx, on Saturday at ZSL London Zoo. She was accompanied by her parents, Michael and Pamela, and eight-year-old sister Isla.

Lily, who was just ten months old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in July 2009, was one of 21 children from across the UK who came together as ‘ambassadors’ to represent the 390 youngsters who received Little Star Awards in 2011/12.

The party was organised by Cancer Research UK, in partnership with TK Maxx, to help raise awareness of the charity’s groundbreaking work in the field of childhood cancer research.

Lily was just ten months old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a cancer of the white blood cells.

Michael and Pamela, both aged 43, noticed that she was bruising easily and the marks were not healing.

Lily responded well to treatment and she came out of hospital in March, 2010, eight months after she was diagnosed with ALL. Her treatment finally ended in July last year and her monthly check-ups have revealed that she continues to do well.

Michael said: “Lily and Isla both had such an amazing time at the party and really enjoyed meeting everyone, especially the other children. They had a fantastic day running and dancing around with their new friends.”

Every year, around 120 children are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and 1,550 are diagnosed across the UK.

For more information or to make a donation visit www.cancerresearchuk.org/littlestar or text ‘STAR58 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5 from your phone bill. Text donations are free from any network and 100% of the donation will go to Cancer Research UK.