Brave Agatha cho­sen as awards poster girl

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - LEEZA CLARK [email protected]

CHAR­ITY: Cu­par young­ster the face of Can­cer Re­search UK chil­dren’s awards Brave Cu­par child Agatha King is now a real poster girl.

The young­ster has been cho­sen to star as the face of an awards scheme which cham­pi­ons the courage of chil­dren with can­cer.

Agatha, who was suc­cess­fully treated for leukaemia, ap­pears in posters to be dis­played in hos­pi­tals across the UK in sup­port of the Can­cer Re­search UK Kids & Teens Star awards.

The awards, in part­ner­ship with TK Maxx, mark the strength shown by young­sters di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease.

Pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate her eighth birth­day on De­cem­ber 5, the mu­si­clov­ing young­ster is en­cour­ag­ing any­one who knows a young can­cer pa­tient to nom­i­nate them for the hon­our in the run-up to Christ­mas.

There is no judg­ing panel be­cause the char­ity be­lieves ev­ery child di­ag­nosed with can­cer de­serves spe­cial recog­ni­tion.

Agatha’s par­ents, Kevin and Karen, are hugely proud of their lit­tle girl.

Karen said: “It’s a great chance for Agatha and our fam­ily to reach out to oth­ers who are in hos­pi­tal with a child who has can­cer right now.

“To all of them I’d say you’re not alone so don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Thanks to the pub­lic’s sup­port, Can­cer Re­search UK’s work has helped trans­form sur­vival rates, which have more than dou­bled in the last 40 years.

Agatha’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing her brother and sis­ter, Bac­chus and Mered­ith, know how cru­cial new de­vel­op­ments are.

Agatha was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia in 2015 when Karen was 16 weeks preg­nant.

Ini­tially it was feared Agatha, now in pri­mary four at St Columba’s Pri­mary School, may have had menin­gi­tis but blood tests re­vealed she faced a twoand-a-half-year can­cer fight.

Mid­way through treat­ment she was in­vited to present a posy of flow­ers to the Queen at the open­ing of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment af­ter be­ing put for­ward by her MSP, Wil­lie Ren­nie.

She had her fi­nal che­mother­apy treat­ment in July 2017 just be­fore trav­el­ling to Lon­don to the Can­cer Re­search UK Kids & Teens party. She has re­mained can­cer free since. To nom­i­nate, visit www.cruk.org/ kid­sand­teens.

Lit­tle star – Seven-year-old Agatha King, from Cu­par, was suc­cess­fully treated for leukaemia.

Agatha will fea­ture on the poster to pro­mote the awards or­gan­ised by Can­cer Re­search UK and TK Maxx.

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