Brave youngster Issy shortlisted for award after showing “incredible courage” (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Brave youngster Issy shortlisted for award after showing “incredible courage”
A BRAVE young girl who showed “incredible courage” after being diagnosed with leukaemia has been shortlisted for a national award.
Issy Miller, from Wareham, is set to attend a plush ceremony at the House of Commons on Monday, for the Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards.
Incredibly, Issy’s mum, Laura – who set up a charitable group that has raised more than £7,000 for Anthony Nolan – is also in the running to scoop an award at the same event.
Issy, aged eight, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last September has been shortlisted for the ‘Little Hero of the Year 2013’ title.
The youngster, who received a life-saving bone marrow transplant in December 2012, made ‘wiggly bags’ in bright material for other young children to put their Hickman lines in.
A Hickman line is a catheter often used in chemotherapy.
Mum Laura, who has been nominated for the Organisational Fundraiser of the Year award – after founding the South Dorset Friend’s Group – said: “I am so proud of Issy for being nominated for the Little Hero of the Year award.
“It was a publically nominated award so it is lovely to think that other people have nominated her.
“When I told Issy that she had been nominated for the award she literally jumped up and down and squeaked a lot.”
The Anthony Nolan charity uses its register to match potential bone marrow donors to blood cancer patients.
“Anthony Nolan means everything to us,” said Laura.
“Without the charity, we wouldn’t have Issy.
“It’s that simple.
“I can’t describe how relieved we were to find out there was a matching donor for Issy. The transplant process is risky in itself but without it we had no hope at all.”
Anthony Nolan chief executive Henny Braund said Issy had shown incredible courage during her illness.
She added: “Issy has inspired her family and the community around her to set up South Dorset Friends’ Group who are raising vital funds for the charity.
“Funds which will enable us to recruit more donors to the register and help more children like Issy.”
Visit www.anthonynolan.org for information.
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