A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD cancer survivor will be leading Race for Life’s Cancer Slam dance this summer.
Georgia Kelly, from Daisy Hill, touched the hearts of Race for Life participants last summer when she took to the stage as VIP guest.
This year, she will be leading the way with the Cancer Slam dance on stage at Race for Life on June 8 at Pennington Flash in Leigh.
The Cancer Slam will be performed by thousands of women as part of the warm-up at Race for Life.
Georgia’s proud mum, Karen, aged 37, said: “When Georgia was diagnosed with cancer we simply couldn’t believe it was happening to us. We felt that we were coping with one tragedy after another.
“But Georgia’s attitude has kept us going. She has always kept smiling even through the most hideous part of the treatment and we are incredibly proud of her.”
Georgia, who is a keen ballroom dancer, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. Doctors were initially unsure as to whether the lump on her skull was Ewings Sarcoma or neuroblastoma.
The St James Primary School pupil underwent surgery to remove the tumour and part of her skull followed by a further operation to insert a plate in her skull.
Georgia also had a full body scan which revealed a second tumour in her abdomen, which had calcified. Within a few weeks of her surgery, more lumps appeared on her skull.
Test results eventually revealed that Georgia had neuroblastoma. She began chemotherapy immediately and was enrolled in a clinical trial.
Her parents, Karen and Phil Kelly, had already suffered heartache after losing their first child Jamie at just three weeks when he was born prematurely.
Karen, who is a paediatric nurse, had only just lost her dad, Sam Wood, to oesophageal cancer months before Georgia was diagnosed.
Georgia’s chemotherapy finished two years ago. Scans showed she was clear of cancer, but her bone marrow results were not completely clear, so she had two extra cycles of another three chemotherapy drugs.
In July 2012, Georgia had a stem cell harvest, followed by surgery to remove the calcified tumour in her abdomen, thought to be the primary source of the cancer.
She also had a stem cell transplant and 14 doses of radiotherapy, which left her in extreme pain.
Fortunately Georgia is now cancer free. But will need regular check-ups for the next two years.
Georgia, her mum and a gang of friends and family called “Team Georgia” will once again be taking part in Race for Life at Leigh.
A Race for Life event will also be held at Bolton’s Leverhulme Park on Sunday July 6.
A team of dancers will be performing the Cancer Slam dance at Middlebrook Retail and Leisure Park on Wednesday and shoppers are invited to join in the moves. The dancers will be based outside Marks and Spencer and Asda in the morning and outside Vue cinema in the evening.
To enter Race for Life and learn how to do the Cancer Slam, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.