As a family we love Strictly. Molly is an avid fan, and this, coupled with the drive to raise money for a charity very close to our hearts, has led me to become a contestant for 'Strictly at The Grange'. I will be paired up with a professional dancer, try to learn to dance, and then compete at our fabulous event on 26th April!
Many of you reading this will know our journey intimately, and have supported and rooted for us since the beginning. For those who don't know....
Adam and I are the very lucky parents to two wonderful children; Molly and Ted. We were a normal, healthy family until January 2017 when Molly was diagnosed out of the blue with a rare and aggressive type of childhood cancer, a malignant rhabdoid tumour, in her neck. She was just a few days shy of her 6th birthday when she started 8 months of gruelling treatment- intense chemotherapy with 5 different drugs, and proton beam therapy over in the US. This treatment was brutal, but thankfully she survived and her cancer was brought under control. Molly's tumour has been stable for the past 15 months since her treatment finished, and we hope so very much that she will continue to have a positive outcome.
Molly was very lucky that her tumour responded to the chemotherapy available, that her cancer was caught early, and that she was old enough to cope with the chemotherapy regime required to attack this type of cancer. The vast majority of children diagnosed with MRT sadly don't survive. For those who do survive, the highly toxic drugs used to save their lives unfortunately lead to lifelong problems with many body systems, along with the risk of secondary cancers caused by the chemo and radiation.
Hopefully this explains why it is so important to fund research into these types of childhood cancer, with the aim of developing more effective, kinder treatments.The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust are dedicated to funding this vital research, as well as raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer amongst parents as well as medical professionals to increase the chances of early diagnosis, and therefore survival for children affected.
I will put my heart and soul into my special dance for Molly. Please put your hand in your pocket and donate whatever you can. Cancer is such a devastating disease, but when it affects your child it is unspeakably cruel.
The children of today all deserve a tomorrow