Brave Agatha chosen as awards poster girl
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.