An inspirational five-year-old from South Yorkshire has called for people to join a new fundraising campaign to help beat childhood cancers sooner.
Isabella Dennis-Cassell was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia just before her third birthday and has chosen to share her own story of survival to remind people of the importance of supporting Cancer Research UK.
I can’t begin to explain how it feels to be told your child has cancer; I thought I was going to lose her
Isabella and her family, of Barnsley, know first-hand just how important new breakthroughs and discoveries are in helping more youngsters survive.
Mum Alison, aged 43, said: “I can’t even begin to explain how it feels to be told your child has cancer. I’m so grateful for the treatment that saved her life. Success stories like ours would not be possible without Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work, which relies on vital funds.”
With around 65 children diagnosed with cancer in the region every year, Cancer Research UK’s new Kids & Teens branch has made it their mission to raise money to find cures and kinder treatments for cancers affecting young people.
Alison said: “Isabella’s diagnosis was devastating but we were given hope when the consultant said there were treatments which could give her the best chance of beating it. Isabella started two years of tough chemotherapy and also took part in two clinical trials, which will help improve treatments for children in the future.
“She finished all her chemo last Christmas and is now in remission. She’s excited to be starting Year One at Worsbrough Common Primary School this term.
“Isabella coped with months of treatment with unbelievable bravery; she was a real inspiration to us all. We’re determined to do everything we can to help other families spend more precious moments together. We hope our story will inspire people to support Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. It’s thanks to research that Isabella is here today.”
Nicki Embleton, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Yorkshire, said: “Cancer has a devastating impact on children like Isabella, forcing them to show bravery beyond their years.
“With the public’s help we hope to double the amount we spend on childhood cancers in the next five to 10 years to ensure more children like Isabella are able to lead happy and healthy lives.
Visit cruk.org/kidsandteens for details.