Brave Lily charms UF after TV show

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - COURT REPORTS -

An in­spi­ra­tional young dancer from Perth has charmed Amer­ica with her de­but TV per­for­mance.

Lily Douglas is re­ceiv­ing pi­o­neer­ing pro­ton treat­ment in Florida to beat an ag­gres­sive form of can­cer.

The 10-year-old was di­ag­nosed with Ewing’s Sar­coma last year and she has al­ready had surgery to re­move a shoul­der blade.

Be­fore she left for the US in April, she re­ceived the good news from doc­tors that fresh scans showed she is now can­cer-free.

Lily is now re­ceiv­ing ground­break­ing pro­ton ther­apy to en­sure the dis­ease stays away. The treat­ment is not avail­able in the UK but there are plans to in­tro­duce it later this year.

Dur­ing her 10-week stay, Lily has be­come some­thing of a celebrity.

She was given a star­ring role at an Amer­i­can football game and has been in­ter­viewed for US TV.

Lily joined the Jack­sonville Sharks At­tack Dance Team and was given a stand­ing ova­tion from the crowds at the Veter­ans Memo­rial Arena.

In an interview for the team’s mag­a­zine, she spoke about her great­est in­spi­ra­tion, her friend Katie, who was also treated for bone can­cer.

“Katie’s can­cer was in her leg and she had to have most of it re­moved,” she said.

“She was so brave and is only 10 years old. Every time I see her, she is smil­ing.

“Katie is fan­tas­tic at swim­ming and is even talk­ing about go­ing to com­pete in the par­a­lympics at the Com­mon­wealth Games. She in­spires me to stay strong and be a bet­ter per­son.”

She added: “My dream hol­i­day was to go to Univer­sal and Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios in Or­lando. I was very lucky that a group of peo­ple back in Scot­land have raised money for me, my mum and my brother Leon to go.”

She said she is al­ready plan­ning a re­turn trip to Florida later this year.

“I may even drive up to Jack­sonville to visit all the doc­tors and nurses at the pro­ton cen­tre and of course come to see the Sharks At­tack Dance Team,” she said.

Mem­bers of the troupe wrote to Lily after their per­for­mance, and said: “We hope you feel as beau­ti­ful and spe­cial as you are. You are an in­spi­ra­tion to us all.”

Mum Jane said Lily had en­joyed a “fan­tas­tic” time with the Jack­sonville Sharks dance team.

Lily Douglas on tele­vi­sion.

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