The brave fight by a Tayside youngster as she battles to overcome an aggressive form of cancer has been applauded by two superstars.
Lily Douglas, 11, from Perth, suffers from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare strain of bone marrow cancer.
She was given the all-clear at the start of September, only for scans to show it had returned and spread to both of her lungs.
She has just returned from Malaga, Spain, where she underwent a new alternative treatment and is presently undergoing more chemotherapy at a hospital in Edinburgh.
Despite her illness, Lily still manages to keep her hobby of dancing going and her ability on the dancefloor has impressed both Cheryl Cole and legendary musician, producer and songwriter Nile Rodgers.
Her mum, Jane, explained: “Lily was recently at the BBC’s The Greatest Dancer event in Birmingham and received a standing ovation from Cheryl Cole.
“Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse were also well impressed.
“Some of the stars sent Lily video messages.
“It was great for Lily to receive such great praise and it wasn’t over.
“We were invited to The X Factor and, during a break in filming, Nile Rodgers had a fair bit of repartee with the audience.
“He asked them to get up and dance and Lily was one of those who obliged.
“As he has written and produced some of the greatest dance classics, Nile knows a good dancer when he sees one.
“Nile took a real shine to Lily and liked her routines so much that he gave her a bag full of goodies.
“The other judges got to hear about what had happened and they were all so complimentary about Lily’s dancing skills and bravery.”
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Lily, a pupil at St John’s school, has, prior to her present treatment, already gone through 14 rounds of chemotherapy, nine operations and proton beam therapy in the US as well as fighting off seven infections.
During a break from treatment in America earlier this year, Lily joined the Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team and was given a standing ovation from the crowds at the Veterans Memorial Arena.
Jane added: “After the chemotherapy she is undergoing now, Lily has four more rounds to go.
“She is scanned again at the end of this month. Hopefully, everything will be OK.”