Endeavour award for courageous little Millie
Five-year-old wins her battle with cancer
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.”