Donna C
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My daughter Alicia's story

Donna C
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19 Mar 2014

Alicia was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 14.

At the age of 14 finding a lump in Alicia's neck led to the shock diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Apart from the lump she wasn't showing any signs of illness in any way, which made it even harder to take in, and the fact that in order to get well she first had to take medication that would in turn make her very ill. To say it was a shock was an understatement, the few days after diagnosis are such a blur

Determination was the way forward with Alicia, and in her first week of treatment she threw herself into fundraising. Her first action was to donate her beautiful hair to charity to be made into a wig for fellow cancer patients. Raising students' awareness at her school fuelled her fight, and spurred her on.

A keen actor, singer and dancer, she wouldn't let cancer beat her, even though the chemotherapy caused bad seizures and a blood clot on her brain and several lengthy hospital stays.

She astounded us with her strength, she refused offers of weekends away and day trips from the hospital, instead choosing to focus on her schooling, over 3 months missed, she worked hard and even sat a GCSE a year early and after an intense 8 hour chemo session, the result was an A!

Alicia was presented with an award from her school for in November for Exceptional Student, for her dedication, determination and continuous hard work for both schooling and raising awareness of fellow students.  Also she won a local community award for Young Personality of the Year by local councillors and judges for her hard work and courage.

She's now thankfully in remission and is back in school full time in her last year, again working hard for her upcoming exams.

Her goal is, along with her family and friends to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by organising events locally and even trying the running and cycling events nationally and boosting funds and continuing to raise people's awareness We are so incredibly proud of her and her achievements.