A COURAGEOUS Chester youngster has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award for her work to help others fighting leukaemia, a disease which has blighted much of her short life.
Little Erin Cross – who turns four on August 23 – was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, weeks before her second birthday, and now the youngster’s awe-inspiring fight against the disease has led to her nomination for the national award.
Fundraising team members at Alder Hey Children’s hospital – where Erin, of Bache, Upton, continues to receive treatment, have nominated the tot for the award which recognises the extraordinary efforts of others.
Erin – who was made an ambassador for the Alder Hey Children’s Charity last October – has been involved in its many fundraising events, and is at the sidelines during other fundraisers including the Chester Half Marathon – which Erin’s Army, a team of local fundraisers have formed in her name to boost appeals.
Nearly £15,000 has been raised for the hospital and people are still fundraising.
Erin’s story has featured in radio adverts for the charity and other media sources.
Erin is also supporting the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) campaign to help those who may desperately need a transplant. NHSBT is looking to recruit 7,500 male blood donors aged 18 to 30 to join its bone marrow register.
Many people suffering from life threatening blood disorders, cancers and immune deficiencies often require a life-saving blood stem cell transplant from a donor with a matching tissue type.
Research has shown the most successful blood stem cell donations come from younger donors, as these have the best chance of success for the patient.
Parents Sarah and Anthony are delighted with Erin’s nomination, made sweeter by their daughter’s is recent recovery after fears she had suffered a relapse.
Thankfully, tests came back clear and Erin is continuing to respond well to the maintenance cycle of her chemotherapy treatment which will come to an end in April next year.
“Erin is doing really well at the moment.
“She is really happy and looking forward to her fourth birthday party – which excitedly for her will have a Disney Frozen theme,” they said.
Proud mum Sarah added: “We can’t begin to explain the sense of pride we have for Erin and her bravery through her ordeal and her work to help others suffering just like her. She is such a happy little girl, such an inspiration and we are so proud of her.”
Regular blood donor sessions in the Chester area include:
l Chester University, Parkgate Road, Chester
l Race Co Ltd, Watergate Square, Chester
l Saltney Social Tavern, High Street, Saltney
l Upton-by-Chester High School, St James Avenue, Upton
For details or to book an appointment to give blood and join the BBMR, call 0300 1232323 or visit www.blood.co.uk.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in support of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity should visit www.justgiving.com/erinsfundraisingfriends.
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