A brave 11-year-old Leeds leukaemia patient has enjoyed a star-studded party with a Good Morning Britain presenter and a former Pussycat Doll.
Courtney Turner, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in September, was one of just 20 children from across the UK who were invited to the Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Star Awards party in London on Saturday.
The Micklefield Primary School pupil was greeted by presenter Charlotte Hawkins and popstar Kimberley Wyatt during a day of galactic-inspired games and astronomical activities put on to mark the bravery of hundreds of children.
Mum Janetta Weightman, 38, said: “We’ve all had a fantastic day and it was lovely to see Courtney having such fun.”
Courtney was due to finish treatment in January following intensive chemotherapy after doctors confirmed she was in remission. But further tests showed traces of the disease remained – greatly increasing her chances of a relapse.
It was then thought she would undergo a bone marrow transplant at Leeds General Infirmary, but doctors have opted to monitor the inactive cells in the hope they will die out.
Janetta added: “It’s living month to month with the checks ups. It’s just a case of hoping that the cells go themselves or just stay at a level and never come up.”
Positive Courtney, who is a keen YouTube video maker, is now back in school and recently took her SATs tests.
Her family, who should be told whether she will need a transplant within a year, hope to take her to Disneyland next year with funds raised by the Micklefield community.
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