Amy Carmichael, age 9, was invited to the Scottish Parliament last week and was delighted to meet and spend time with the First Minister.
Amy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2012 when she was 7 years old. She is still receiving chemotherapy treatment at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow. The treatment has some horrible side effects but Amy has shown great strength of spirit and courage throughout. She decided she wanted to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, a charity who funds research into the treatment she receives. She said it made her sad to see so many children’s names on the board in the ward and hoped with research that one day there would be no names on the board.
Although treatment has improved over the past 50 years, cure rates are not 100% and the charity’s vision is to have 100% cure for everyone diagnosed with blood cancer.
Amy set up a Justgiving page and has raised £9,746 of her £10,000 target. Many people have helped Amy raise money with sponsored events and collections and Amy held a ceilidh last year that raised £3,000. Amy said that even when the target is reached she will go on fundraising!
Christina McKelvie MSP was touched by Amy’s story and arranged for Amy to visit the Scottish Parliament, where she was given a wonderful tour of the building. Then it was on to First Minister’s Questions, which Amy particularly enjoyed. She loved all the noise that was made during the debates!
Amy then had a lovely time chatting with the First Minister in his office and even had a ‘high five’! Then it was on to lunch in the members’ restaurant and afterwards Christina took her on a tour of the offices. It was such a wonderful experience for Amy and a day she will never forget.
You can help Amy reach her target by donating at www.justgiving.com/beatbloodcancer-now