Brave schoolgirl, 11 ‘kicks cancer’s butt’

Chloe Parkes, 11, has been given the all clear from cancer after a year-long battle with the brain tumour
Chloe Parkes, 11, has been given the all clear from cancer after a year-long battle with the brain tumour
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A BRAVE schoolgirl has ‘kicked cancer’s butt’ after a gruelling year-long battle with a malignant brain tumour.

Chloe Parkes, aged 11, was finally given the all-clear at Sheffield Children’s Hospital following four operations, and courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

She has beaten the odds from the very beginning as doctors told her family she would not pull through the surgery.

The courageous youngster is now looking forward to fulfilling her dreams of meeting Mickey Mouse and swimming with dolphins in Disneyland Florida later this year.

Chloe’s mum Tara said she was bursting with pride at her ‘beautiful little fighter’.

The 35-year-old, of Brimington, Chesterfield, said: “The news just doesn’t seem real.

“I even rang the hospital back to check they were right.

“It has been a year from hell.

“She had radiotherapy every day for six weeks and three lots of chemotherapy.

“Two were high doses and put her in isolation for a month and left her very ill.

“It was horrible to see her that way – as a mother I felt so helpless.

“She needed four life-saving operations and each time we were told she wouldn’t pull through.

“But now we’ve got the best news possible.

“Every child has a chance to beat this type of cancer, it just depends how they respond to the treatment.”

Chloe was admitted to hospital after her family noticed that she had a squint and was walking into doors.

Opticians then found Chloe had severe swelling behind her eyes.

The little girl was immediately admitted to A&E where doctors discovered the growth.

But Chloe has always kept smiling and will be celebrating the good news at a special party.

Fundraisers have also raised enough money so the youngster can realise her dreams of meeting Mickey Mouse and swimming with dolphins following treatment.

Countless charitable efforts have raised thousands of pounds meaning Chloe’s Disneyland dream will become a reality in the summer.

Tara said: “She is so excited.

“We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone – especially Cancer Relief UK – for fundraising.

“There are some very special people.”