Brave teenager discovered she had rare cancer after breaking her leg on holiday


Brave teenager discovered she had rare cancer after breaking her leg on holiday

A brave schoolgirl who discovered she had a rare form of cancer after breaking her leg on holiday is set to face a life-changing operation.

Chardonnay Rawcliffe-Roberts, from Accrington, fell over and broke her leg while playing on South Pier at Blackpool in February and was taken to hospital for treatment.

However, after more than a week of treatment the 13-year-old was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for a series of tests.

Two weeks later her mum Liz Rawcliffe received the devastating news that her ‘happy-go-lucky’ daughter was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in her left leg.

The Broadfield Specialist School pupil, who has undergone months of chemotherapy, is now set to have a full leg amputation next month and doctors hope she will be able to make a full recovery.

 

Speaking to Lancs Live, she said: “We were very surprised and shocked. You don’t ever think that your child will get something like this.

“She has taken in her stride. She is still smiling through her treatment and the pain as well.

“It was then either have a disabled leg or have it off. It wasn’t my decision and the doctors asked her as she is the one who will have to live with it.

“She chose to have it off. She is half excited and half worried because it’s a part of her. She hasn’t used that leg since February.

“She will still have to have chemotherapy afterwards. The cancer hasn’t spread anywhere.

“She is a very strong girl.”

 

Liz, who is a charity book shop volunteer in Accrington, said Little Mix fan Chardonnay had felt pain in her leg for several weeks before the leg break after falling over playing football in January.

Family friend and neighbour Ann Goodwin said she was ‘heartbroken’ by the cancer diagnosis and teamed up with four other people to organise a family fundraising day with proceeds going towards helping Chardonnay and Liz after the operation.

An online fundraising appeal and Facebook page has also been set up with hundreds of people offering their support.

 

Ann, who lives on Bold Street in Accrington, said: “They have lived across the road from me for many years and every day Chardonnay would be running up and down smiling.

“She is a happy-go-lucky child and is very friendly with everybody.

“I was just devastated when I found out about this. I was heartbroken and felt I needed to do something.

“It wasn’t meant to be anything big but it’s gone absolutely massive. People in Accrington have really come together and are coming forward with all sorts for us. It’s fantastic.”

 

The fundraising day will be held at Enfield Cricket Club in Church on Sunday, September 22 between 11am and 5pm and entry is free.

It will include music from Michelle Jolly, Tia Christina, Dance Nation School and a raffle, tombola and auction.

Anyone interested in holding a stall at the event can contact Ann by emailing goodwinann96@yahoo.com.

To make a donation visit www.uk.gofundme.com/f/chardonnay-rawcliff-roberts


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