Ava Stark is young hero of the year for can­cer char­ity

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A brave four-year-old Fifer who be­came the face of an An­thony Nolan cam­paign has been named the char­ity’s young hero of the year.

Ava Stark’s story in­spired around 20,000 peo­ple to join the char­ity’s regis­ter of po­ten­tial stem cell donors, earn­ing her recog­ni­tion in the An­thony Nolan Sup­porter Awards.

She was awarded the John Petchy Hero of the Year Award at a cer­e­mony in West­min­ster, just over a year af­ter she un­der­went a bone mar­row trans­plant.

Ava, of Lochgelly, fronted the char­ity’s stem cell donor cam­paign, ap­pear­ing on advertising boards en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to sign up.

Kirk­caldy and Cow­den­beath MP Les­ley Laird at­tended the cer­e­mony and said: “It was an ab­so­lute hon­our to meet Ava and her fam­ily as they were awarded the John Petchy Hero of the Year award at West­min­ster last night.

“The award was given by the An­thony Nolan Trust in recog­ni­tion of the young­ster and her en­tire fam­ily, who have be­come huge ad­vo­cates for the trust af­ter Ava was di­ag­nosed with in­her­ited bone mar­row fail­ure in 2016.

“Her mum, Marie, cam­paigned tire­lessly to high­light the im­por­tance of peo­ple sign­ing up to the stem cell donor regis­ter in the hope that, one day, Ava would find her hero.”

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