Brave cancer girl steps up for award

A 13-YEAR-OLD cancer sufferer from Worle has been given a special award for battling against the illness despite all the odds. Luci Jones, of Sophia Gardens, was presented with a WellChild Brave Child Award by pop star Lisa Scott Lee at a ceremony in Lond

A 13-YEAR-OLD cancer sufferer from Worle has been given a special award for battling against the illness despite all the odds.Luci Jones, of Sophia Gardens, was presented with a WellChild Brave Child Award by pop star Lisa Scott Lee at a ceremony in London.The former Steps star gave Luci her trophy in front of dozens of celebrities and a packed audience in Merchant Taylors' Hall.Luci, a Worle Community School pupil, first discovered she had a rare cancer called Langerhans' Cell Histiocytosis when she was nine and developed a lump in her throat.Since then she has battled against serious health problems without complaint.Luci said: "I was really excited when I found out I had been nominated for an award. I was excited but thought I probably wouldn't win. I phoned everyone and told them."Then two weeks later I found out I had won and the charity sent people round to film us at home"When I went to collect my award my mum Alison, dad Darran and aunty, Natalie, all cried."I was so excited when I went to collect my award. I thought I'd be scared, but I wasn't."After intensive chemotherapy which started at the age of nine, Luci went into remission for 18 months but the aspiring young actress suffered a relapse in January this year. At the moment Luci has to use a wheelchair to travel long distances and she is on slow release morphine tablets and ones for anti-sickness as well as oral chemotherapy. She has also caught shingles twice this year because of her poor immune system and in August Luci was told the cancer had spread to her back.Because Luci's mum Alison thought Luci had been so brave throughout all her problems she decided to nominate her for an award through children's health charity WellChild.Alison, who is a trained nursery nurse but has given up work to look after Luci, said: "The hardest bit for Luci has been losing her hair but she just think she looks like Kylie (Minogue).


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