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Three-year-old cancer sufferer wins award for bravery

PUBLISHED: 10:44 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 December 2014

Beau with her Little Star award.

Beau with her Little Star award.

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A brave three-year-old who is undergoing treatment for cancer has been honoured with an award.

Beau and Eden-Rose.Beau and Eden-Rose.

Beau Apsley, of Bromley, is eight months into her treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Her family- mum Larissa, dad Matt and sister Eden-Rose- is constantly on standby for any complications which mean she has to be admitted to hospital.

Beau’s courage in dealing with the disease has won her a Little Star award.

The awards, which are presented by Cancer Research UK in partnership with TK Maxx, acknowledge the bravery children show during cancer treatment.

Her mother said: “Beau is by nature a very happy little girl and although she still has a long way to go, she is coping really well with her treatment.

“She has made us very proud.

“We can’t look too far into the future but right now we are hoping that she will be able to spend Christmas at home.

“She is coping really well.

“She always looks forward to her hospital appointments and enjoys the playroom. But of course she does miss out on playgroup and playschool, which is hard.

“Having a child with cancer is horrendous – it is such an emotional rollercoaster.

“All we want to know is that she is going to be OK but of course we don’t have a crystal ball. The uncertainly is absolutely petrifying for parents.

“You go through the motions of living but it is always on your mind. At the moment, just to spend Christmas at home would be lovely.”

Beau first became unwell in April this year and tests confirmed she had ALL in May.

Her treatment will last two-and-a-half years.

The family is grateful for the treatment Beau is receiving and is acutely aware of the need to fund research and find better and kinder treatments, particularly for children.

They are encouraging others to nominate children for a Little Star award, which have the support of stars including England football captain Wayne Rooney and singer Emeli Sandé.

Mr Rooney said: “As a parent myself, I find it almost impossible to imagine the impact of being told your child has been diagnosed with cancer.

“Over the years I have met lots of youngsters who are undergoing treatment for this horrible disease. Their courage, positivity and determination never fails to humble me, as does that of their parents and families.”

TK Maxx has supported Cancer Research UK since 2004 and has raised around £14.7 million to help beat children’s cancers sooner.

Jo Murphy, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for TK Maxx, said: “The Little Star Awards are a fantastic way of recognising the courage and determination of young children and their families who have faced a cancer diagnosis.

“We are proud to support Cancer Research UK’s groundbreaking research into childhood cancers to help more children beat cancer than ever before.”

The Little Star Awards are open to all under-18s who have cancer or who have been treated for the disease in the last five years.

To nominate a Little Star, or donate, visit cruk.org/littlestar

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