A young girl diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has got back on stage following treatment in America.
Lily Douglas, 10, has just returned from Jacksonville, Florida, where she had been treated having been diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer mainly affecting young people.
Lily joined 20 other young cancer survivors at the Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Awards party in London on Tuesday, to celebrate their strength and courage.
And she was even invited on stage to perform at the party in the Bloomsbury Hotel.
“It was amazing, a really good experience,” said Lily. “When I got up to dance on stage, I was so happy. It felt like a dream come true.”
Lily, who attends the JGN Dance Attic dance school in Perth, was given just a 5% chance of survival when she was diagnosed with the stage four cancer just over a year ago.
The youngster has undergone 118 intensive chemotherapy treatments, and had major surgery to remove her shoulder blade and surrounding muscle.
She has also had to fight off seven major infections, as well as receiving a number of blood and platelet transfusions and having her eggs frozen.
In April, Lily was told she was cancer free. The day after the news, Lily and family members travelled to Jacksonville to undergo 10 weeks of proton therapy, which will help make sure there are no “rogue” cancer cells left in her body.
Having just returned from America and now travelling down to London, Lily has covered a lot of miles in the past few months.
But mum Jane, originally from Dundee, said the St John’s Academy pupil has taken everything in her stride.
Jane said: “Lily is doing well at the moment.
“Her great spirit has taken her thus far and will continue to do so.
“Yesterday was a lovely day and to be able to dance at such a prestigious event really was special. Lily thoroughly enjoyed herself and it was great to see so many other brave youngsters there.
“Hopefully, Lily will continue on an upward spiral.
“Despite all she’s been through, she has a big, broad smile – and it was very evident yesterday.”