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Sholto and Esmeralda Steel

Sholto and Esmeralda's Year of Mountains

Total raised so far £0.00

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My story

[p]My sister Esmeralda and I, accompanied by our parents, are going to climb many mountains over the next year, to raise money for Children with Cancer UK - because, as many of you know, I have had cancer. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in February 2017 when I was 6. It's partly because of Children with Cancer's medical research that I am well enough to do this, and we are aiming to raise £6000 which is the equivalent of £150 for every month that I received chemotherapy.[/p][p]The treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia is very long: 8 months of intensive chemo, followed by 3 years of maintenance chemo. And while for me it all became really normal and not frightening quite fast, and the good thing about ALL is that you can mostly be treated as an outpatient, so I didn’t have to live in hospital after the first couple of weeks following diagnosis, there are too many children I know for whom the treatment has been insufficient, like a little girl called Margot who was nearly exactly the same age as Esmeralda, and like my friend Ali's sister, Maya. [/p][p]And I have still spent quite a lot of time in hospital. Firstly for chemo - long, long infusions and, the worst thing, really painful muscular injections which I used to dread - secondly because I also had to stay there every time I was ill. And when you’ve got cancer, you haven’t got an immune system, so you get ill a lot – and, when you’ve got a port catheter (which you have to have for blood tests, blood transfusions and most of the chemo) you have to go to into hospital for 48-72 hours every time you get a temperature over 38 degrees, just in case it’s a line infection. Either my mother or father have always been with me – and sometimes Esmeralda too. We would spend the time playing lots of board games, eating Coco Pops in bed for every meal (hospital food is gross! Even the chips – so we would just have breakfast over and over again) and often those times were super fun because we would pretend that we were in a hotel and having room service. [/p][p]But even though having cancer often isn’t as bad as it sounds once you have got used to it - most of the time my family and I don’t give it any thought at all and my life has been able to be almost normal most of the time - it was hard at first. I was quite ill at the beginning, and then my body took a long time to recover from intensive treatment, which it had to do while I was still having oral chemotherapy every day. I was really, really tired all the time for about a year. Losing my hair was hard too. And I’m still quite often sick as my liver does not function exactly as it should, and if I get a cut it takes forever to heal, and often gets infected, which means more antibiotics (as my skin is really thin after three and a half years of chemo, I get cuts really easily.) [/p][p]I'm nearly ten now, and am super excited about finishing treatment altogether and properly recovering and having more energy to do the things I love, and to climb mountains, just as soon as I am able to. Because Children with Cancer UK need to carry on doing their research so that treatment improves, and becomes easier for other children who have to go through it. There are also still more cures needed - I often think of Margot and Maya, and how lucky I have been in comparison. We don’t want any other children to die from cancer. [/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

21 Jun 2021


Jul 22, 2020


£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 10, 2020

Emma D

Jul 9, 2020

Lorna and Dan Cattle

Wishing you all the luck with all the mountains, we look forward to hearing all about it! You are all wonderful humans and we are very proud to call you family. Lots of love xxxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2020

Teo and Lara

Good luck on your next mountain climb Sholto and Esmeralda! Lots of love Teo and Lara :)

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2020


Go for it you special people, Sholto and Esmeralda!. (Remember to pack survival bags if you go up mountains in Britain even in summer). Go well and keep well!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 7, 2020


Am so moved by your story and full of admiration of your bravery and being so positive. Good luck


Jul 5, 2020


Nice to meet you at church this morning 😊 What a GREAT fundraising idea for such a brilliant charity. Hope you enjoy the mountains and keep up the chocolate snacks! With admiration and best wishes

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 3, 2020

Grand and Pompa

We've startted our houseclearing for you

£14.01 plus £3.50 Gift Aid

Jul 2, 2020


Enjoy the walking and well done 👏👏👏👏

Jul 2, 2020

Nancy Meiland

Amazing work, guys!