A SIX-year-old girl, who has battling back against brain cancer, is encouraging local women to join the Race for Life event.
Brave Emily Candy, from Dorridge, had three operations and months of intensive treatment. Now she’s backing Cancer Research UK’s all-female fund raiser.
The youngster is already familiar with the 5km trek having gone the distance last year.
Races have previously taken place in locations like Birmingham and Sutton, but this year marks the first time that one is being held in Solihull.
The event, open to women of all ages and fitness levels, will take place on June 27.
“It was an amazing moment when Emily took part in Race for Life last year, alongside me and her grandma,” said mum Joanne.
“Thanks to research, Emily is still here. I am so grateful for the treatment that saved her life.”
Emily was diagnosed with a tumour in January 2005 - weeks before she reached her second birthday.
Her mum had already taken her daughter to the GP, because she’d been vomiting on several occasions. But the experts reassured her that a common illness was to blame.
Things took a turn for the worse when Emily woke up one morning and was suffering from stroke-like symptoms (leaning over to one side and unable to stand up straight).
Joanne rushed her little girl to Warwick Hospital, at which point the doctors suggested she have a CT scan. It was then they discovered the tumour. Over the next year, the two-year-old had several operations, as well as chemo and radiotherapy.
“It was a traumatic experience and Emily has been left with many problems, including epilepsy and hearing loss, but I know how incredibly lucky we are to still have her,” said Joanne.
Women in the West Midlands can follow Emily’s example and enter at www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 641 1111.