Meet our Stars
Cancer Research UK’s Kids & Teens Star Awards, previously known as the Little Star Awards, recognise the courage of children diagnosed with cancer. Last year, more than 600 children were nominated to receive the special trophy and pack. Meet some of our past winners:
Ellie Mae was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was just four. During her treatment, the chemotherapy drugs which were saving her life were suppressing her immune system – her speech dropped away, her leg muscles were affected and she contracted E.coli and pneumonia.
Things slowly improved for Ellie Mae and after everything she went through, she had to learn to walk again. Her parents said, “We nominated her to receive an award because she amazed us with her strength and courage.”
12-year-old Emre was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour, a type of kidney cancer, in October 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy and no matter how many injections he had to have, he always put on a brave face.
Thankfully he is now in remission, but still has to have regular checks at hospital. Emre’s dad, Engin, said, “It is great to see him back at school and enjoying himself again.
“I nominated Emre for the Star Award because he never once complained about his treatment and we are so proud of him. Receiving the award was great for Emre’s confidence – it was a big deal for him.”
Noah was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in February 2014 at two years old and underwent intensive chemotherapy that left his immune system unable to cope. He suffered repeated infections including pneumonia, and was fed through a tube for more than six months.
Noah’s mum, Vicky, said, “Poor Noah had to overcome so many obstacles during his treatment. As well as having cancer, he fell prey to every infection going and developed severe allergies to a lot of the drugs.
“Getting the Star Award was a real boost for Noah and his brother Zakk, who also received a certificate.”
Meet Anne, who was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia or ALL in January 2004.
Adam was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in August 2013, after a large tumour was growing in his chest and into the right atrium of his heart.
He faced many trips to hospital to undergo gruelling, intensive chemotherapy over the next 10 months but remained positive and courageous throughout. He finished treatment in summer 2014 and is in remission.
Kezia was diagnosed in February 2012 with a rare germ cell tumour. She underwent chemotherapy and three major operations and she has huge scars as a result of the surgery.
At the age of 12, she found it very hard to lose her hair but she still managed to smile through. She kept a wig on so people did not know she had cancer and she just wants to live life to the full now. She is still being monitored but she is back at school and loves hanging out with her friends, listening to music, dancing and baking.
Nominate a Star
Celebrate the courage of a child who's been diagnosed with cancer by nominating them for our Kids & Teens Star Awards, in partnership with TK Maxx.