A Manchester mother and daughter who were diagnosed with cancer just three months apart are launching this year’s Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Awards. The award recognises the courage of children with cancer.
Lily Towers, 11, from Worsley, was nominated for a Kids and Teens Star Award by her mother Kerry in tribute to her strength battling leukaemia. Then in turn Lily, supporting Kerry through her breast cancer.
The pair shared tips on coping with sickness, chemotherapy and hair loss. They kept each other going during their cancer treatment last year. Sadly Lily’s cancer came back this autumn and she is currently being treated at Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital
Mum Kerry, 46, said: “Lily has been through so much intense chemotherapy herself and then helped me through my treatment too. So Lily really deserves her Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Award. We are proud to back this campaign and highlight the awards to other families affected by cancer.
“Going through cancer together has given us a bond that is unbreakable. Lily has gone through so many rounds of treatment for such a young child and still smiles and is so positive. I’m immensely proud and overwhelmed when I look at her and think back over the past 12 months. I am glad that we have each other.
Lily and Kerry are encouraging anyone who knows a young person who has been diagnosed with cancer to nominate them for a Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Award in the run up to Christmas at cruk.org/kidsandteens.
The awards, in partnership with TK Maxx, are open to all under-18s who currently have cancer or have been treated for the disease in the last five years. All nominated children will receive a trophy, £50 TK Maxx gift card, t-shirt and certificate signed by a host of famous faces including Emma Thompson, Una Healy, Aston Merrygold and Peter and Emily Andre.
Football-loving Lily was born in Manchester and was living in Thailand with her mum and dad when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in November 2015. She went through three cycles of intensive chemotherapy in Bangkok immediately.
Then in January 2016 Kerry was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and they returned to the UK for family and medical support Kerry, who has now been given the all clear.
Since 2004, TK Maxx has raised over £32 million for Cancer Research UK’s work through stock and cash donations. Over £28 million is supporting pioneering research into children’s cancers.£4 million for supporting general cancer research.