Bells sig­nal big mo­ment for can­cer-fight chil­dren

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A MUM whose daugh­ter was struck down with can­cer has had bells fit­ted in hospi­tals around Bri­tain to sig­nal the end of treat­ment for chil­dren bat­tling the dis­ease.

Tracey Pay­ton, from Gat­ley, Stock­port, set up the char­ity End of Treat­ment Bells after daugh­ter Emma’s can­cer fight.

Emma was eight when Tracey no­ticed a bump on her face while rub­bing in sun­cream on hol­i­day.

Back in the UK the fam­ily had it checked out and her GP ini­tially be­lieved it was a blocked saliva gland.

But an MRI scan re­vealed she had a rare soft tis­sue can­cer, rhab­domyosar­coma.

Emma needed fa­cial surgery and chemo­ther­apy be­fore trav­el­ling to the US for pro­ton beam ther­apy in or­der to de­stroy any re­main­ing can­cer in her cheek. At the end of her pro­ton beam ther­apy in Ok­la­homa, Emma was in­vited to ring a bell.

It was the mo­ment that in­spired Tracey to set up End of Treat­ment Bells.

So far they have dis­trib­uted and fit­ted around 200 bells in hospi­tals in the UK and abroad.

Tracey said: “When you’re told your child has can­cer it’s the worst–ever feel­ing.

“You just want them to get through it. For us we knew about the bell and we couldn’t wait for Emma to ring it.

“The was our end goal. When she did it, it was like a mas­sive lead weight had been lifted off my chest.”

Emma, now 13, needs re­con­struc­tive surgery but there have been no signs of dis­ease since her treat­ment.

Emma Pay­ton rings a bell and, be­low, show­ing off the sig­nif­i­cance of the mo­ment

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