En­deav­our award for coura­geous lit­tle Mil­lie

Five-year-old wins her bat­tle with can­cer

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

A brave lit­tle Ruther­glen girl has been given an award by her school af­ter win­ning her fight with can­cer.

Lit­tle Mil­lie Scally, of Moss­giel Av­enue, was di­ag­nosed with Acute Lym­phoblas­tic Leukaemia, a can­cer of the white blood cells, in Oc­to­ber 2012.

The five-year-old, who lives with mum Char­lotte, dad Peter and brother Char­lie (8), has been con­stantly in and out of Yorkhill Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal over the past few years.

Her treat­ment has in­cluded in­ten­sive chemo­ther­apy, steroid, an­tibi­otics and she has rou­tinely had to un­dergo pro­ce­dures in­clud­ing lum­bar punc­tures and bone mar­row biop­sies.

Fe­bru­ary 23, how­ever, was to be a day the fam­ily would never for­get, as the coura­geous St Colum­bkille’s pri­mary one pupil was fi­nally given the all clear.

To celebrate the fam­ily held a party at the Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute.

Mil­lie at­tends St Colum­bkille’s Pri­mary School and will be go­ing in to pri­mary two af­ter the school hol­i­days.

To mark her brav­ery, she re­ceived the Louise Mor­ri­son En­deav­our Award. This is given to stu­dents who have shown re­mark­able re­silience and brav­ery over the school year.

She was pre­sented the award by the late Louise Mor­ri­son’s hus­band Ed­die, who is head­teacher of John Oglivie High School in Hamil­ton.

Mil­lie’s mum Char­lotte said: “We’re so proud of her, I can’t ac­tu­ally re­mem­ber much about her re­ceiv­ing the award as I was so emo­tional! It’s been a tough jour­ney for us all.”

Although Mil­lie was given the all clear, she still has to at­tend hos­pi­tal once ev­ery two weeks to make sure ev­ery­thing is fine, as her par­tic­u­lar type of Leukaemia means she is at high risk of re­lapse.

Char­lotte added: “That will get eas­ier, in two years it should go down to once ev­ery three months.

“She’ll have to at­tend right in to her adult­hood and then it’ll only be once a year to get a blood test.”

How­ever Char­lotte says the big­gest thing for young Mil­lie is no longer hav­ing to take her oral chemo.

She added: “That’s a big thing as ob­vi­ously any type of chemo makes you ill.

“She still has to take painkillers, as her mus­cles are still sore from all the chemo she’s had to take over the years and the lum­bar punc­tures.”

Although there’s still a long road ahead, the fam­ily were able to en­joy there first hol­i­day to­gether.

Char­lotte added: “We had a wee weeks hol­i­day in the Isle of Bute at Calums Cabin, but the big one will be in Oc­to­ber when we go to Dis­ney World in Florida! Mil­lie can’t wait.”

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