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Emilie to sound the start for charity race
5:40pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
BRAVE Emilie Dean will be the guest of honour at this weekend's Race for Life at Tatton Park after being diagnosed with a brain tumour less than a year ago.
Eight-year-old Emilie, who goes to Lower Peover Primary School, will sound the air horn to start the annual fundraising event on Sunday morning as around 1,800 women set off to complete 10km for Cancer Research UK.
Emilie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in October last year and although she is still receiving chemotherapy treatment, the youngster, who lives in Lostock Green, can’t wait to step up on to the podium to start the runners, including Emilie's mum Vicki.
Vicki, who is married to Phil and also has a two-year-old son, James, said: “Emilie is really excited about starting the event.
“She understands how important it is and why everyone is running to help people like her.”
Emilie began suffering from severe headaches and would come in from school and lie on the sofa not wanting to do anything.
She also became angry and short-tempered, which was out of character, and her parents took her to see several doctors before CT and MRI scans confirmed that Emilie had a two-inch tumour attached to her brain stem.
Vicki said: “I had a gut feeling that it was something serious but my mind would not let me go to the idea that Emilie might have cancer.
“I lost my dad David to non-hodgkin’s lymphoma three years earlier and at one point Phil asked me if I thought Emilie might have the same thing.
“I hit the roof. I just couldn’t bear to think that was the case.”
Emilie had immediate surgery to remove fluid which had built up around the brain as a result of the tumour and a biopsy revealed that the tumour was malignant.
Vicki said: “That was the moment our world caved in.
“She’d been so well and full of life after the operation that I just assumed the worst was over.
“I felt sick with shock at the latest news.”
Emilie has had 30 doses of radiotherapy at Clatterbridge Hospital and six weeks of chemotherapy at Alder Hey Hospital but she is now having a six-week break from the intensive treatment.
Vicki will be running the Race for Life with 10 close friends and family members, after running in the event three years ago in memory of her father.
Vicki said: “When my father died three years ago I ran the Tatton Park event in his memory, so when Emilie got her diagnosis she asked me if I would run the race for her, which was lovely.
“The fact that she’ll actually be starting it is such a huge boost for her and we’re all really looking forward to it.
“There’s always such a brilliant atmosphere but this year is going to be a very, very special day.”
Entries for the event, which will raise more than 100,000 for Cancer Research UK, will close late tomorrow and more information is available by visiting raceforlife.org or by calling 0845 600 6050.
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