The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust takes young people aged between 8-24 sailing to help them regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer. For more information please visit... www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org
28 January 2013
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The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national organisation that gives young people between the ages of 8-24 who have suffered from cancer the opportunity to take part in the new and fantastic experience of sailing.
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Paige, now 17, from Derbyshire was treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for a brain tumour. Her mum Jane recalls she had been suffering from migraines and sickness for a while.
“The consultant told us Paige had a tumour behind her eyes that was so big he was surprised she hadn’t had a seizure, it was just crazy. Everything happened so fast. Paige was just 10 at the time and absolutely terrified. I remember her saying she didn’t think she was going to walk out of that hospital alive.”
Just days later, Paige had the first of two eight-hour brain operations.
“Cancer is terrible for anyone, but often, after treatment, the person can carry on with their life the same as before. When it affects the brain, the person can change a lot.” says Jane.
“Before her surgery Paige was a right little tomboy, really active, always playing cricket and football but afterwards she was like a zombie, which was very difficult. Since then it has been one thing after another; she had radiotherapy and then stopped eating so the doctors put a PEG in to feed directly into her stomach, which she still uses.”
“Two years ago Paige relapsed and we were told there wasn’t much more the doctors could do. Miraculously this tumour vanished, but then three more appeared and we had to fight hard for new radio- surgery treatment which was really effective. Paige is not yet in remission and the tumours are still there but they are static, which is great news. There have been many side-effects, Paige is now 17 but will always be the same height as when she was 10, and her memory has been affected so she can’t really go out by herself.
“We get through most things by just laughing about them. When Paige was recently told she had cataracts she joked they should just put her down now! She has an amazing sense of humour and takes everything in her stride.
“I was delighted when I found out Paige could go sailing with the Trust and try something different on her own. I read in the Trust newsletter that the trip aims to rebuild confidence, and it certainly did. She came back a different person, her confidence was back! She couldn’t stop talking about meeting Ellen and her dog, and she loved absolutely everything about the trip.
Paige continues, “I’ve worn the top the Trust gave me every week, and before the next group go on their trip this year I’ve been asked to go and talk at the hospital about what a great time I had. I couldn’t pick my best bit of the trip; I had so much fun and had loads of water fights. I’d love to go again, any day!”
Paige returned to our Waterpark residential activity week in the Lake District in 2011, and will be taking part in the J. P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race in 2012.
Nicole Ruehmann £20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)
Art £50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)
31.05.13 Keep sprinkling the magic dust on these kids :-) You guys truely are super heros !!