Six-year-old Henry Mills helped raise funds for his mum’s mission to raise awareness of breast cancer amongst younger women.Advertisement
He used his magic skills to raise funds to help those undergoing treatment for the disease at Rosemere Cancer Centre.
Magical Henry staged his own magic show, which was live-streamed from his family home in Penwortham, which he shares with mum Amy, dad Gareth and little brother Sammy.
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The show conjured up £100 towards Amy’s £10,000 target for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, to spend on a project which will benefit the centre’s chemotherapy unit.
31-year-old Amy attends the unit regularly as part of her treatment for breast cancer, which has already meant she has undergone a mastectomy, two further surgeries, 18 weeks of chemotherapy and 15 sessions of radiotherapy following her diagnosis a year ago.
It was to mark the first anniversary of her diagnosis that Amy decided to recruit family and friends to Amy’s Army – a team of people to spread the word about regular checking, regardless of age, whilst they raised money by collectively walking the 13,171 miles of the Great Wall of China.
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Over 300 people have signed up already.
Amy said: “I was only 30 when I was diagnosed. I thought it was impossible as I have no history of cancer in my family.
“Sadly it was true but rather than spending time dwelling on how much life has changed or what could have been, I have decided to do something positive to raise awareness of this cruel disease and as I will be patient there for the next three years, raise money for the chemotherapy unit.
“I cannot shout enough how wonderful all the nurses and other staff on the unit are.”
“Up until now, I have been very private about my journey. I think that was
largely because I didn’t want people feeling sorry for me.
“Cancer doesn’t define me. I am still me. It’s just a part of my life I hadn’t planned for. I have found strength where I didn’t know I had it and until you’re faced with the prospect of death, you don’t realise how much you want to live.
“I am so proud of Henry. Gareth has been my absolute rock. I am
feeling really positive for the year ahead and have a lot of plans for Amy’s
To sign up to Amy’s Army, click here.
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