Brave toddler who battled cancer becomes star of city festival

(From left) Mum Jo, Evie-Mae, sisters Chloe and Freya, dad Stuart and sister Amber

(From left) Mum Jo, Evie-Mae, sisters Chloe and Freya, dad Stuart and sister Amber

A Berinsfield toddler who has fought off leukaemia is set to kick off a two-day fundraising festival in Oxford by completing a lap of honour.

Evie-Mae Crawford, three, has undergone cancer treatment over the past year, having already faced a number of health challenges in her short life so far.

She was born with Downs Syndrome and also had two holes in her heart, which have now closed.

Evie-Mae then faced treatment for a rare type of cleft palate, before being diagnosed with leukaemia, requiring six months of chemotherapy treatment.

And with the youngster currently doing well, she is set to lead the start to Relay For Life, which takes place this weekend to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Her mum Jo, 37, said: “We’re over the moon, we’re really proud.

“Evie’s used to all the attention. She’s got a new t-shirt to wear, and I’m sure on the day she’ll wear it with pride and lap up the attention.

“We were lucky enough to go to a garden party where we got to meet (boyband) JLS last year, but this one is the other end of it, saying ‘we’ve done the cancer thing and got through it, now we’re showing you what it looks like at the end’.”

Mike Hughes, the Relay For Life’s volunteer chairman, said: “We are delighted to have this very special little girl to lead the lap of honour.

“I know she will be an inspiration to everyone who meets her.

“During Relay For Life we celebrate those who have survived cancer but we also remember and pat tribute to those who have lost their lives to the disease.”

The Relay For Life starts at Oxford Rugby Football Club in North Hinksey on Saturday, with team members taking it in turns to walk round a track while others enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

It continues through the night following a Candle of Hope ceremony in memory or celebration of loved ones who have had cancer.

For more details about Relay For Life, go to cruk.org/relay.

 

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