A schoolgirl who has been fighting leukaemia for nine months has had her courage recognised with a special award.
Alyssa Davies, from Wrea Green, has received a Little Star award from Cancer Research UK.
The seven-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in March of this year.
She had been poorly, including extreme fatigue, swollen eyelids and backache.
Doctors initially suggested she may have tonsillitis or mumps, but when her symptoms continued, mum Angela Davies took her back to the GP as she feared it could be something more serious.
Alyssa, who attends Ribby with Wrea Primary School, was eventually referred to Preston Royal Hospital where doctors immediately suspected leukaemia.
She needed a platelet transfusion before being transferred to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where the leukaemia diagnosis was confirmed. She spent the next four weeks receiving intense chemotherapy treatment.
Angela had to stop her work as an accounts clerk at Kirkham Grammar School to be with Alyssa full time at hospital while husband Michael, 43, also took off time off work initially.
He then continued to work with both sets of grandparents pitching in to look after Alyssa’s younger sister Lauren, five.
Alyssa, who lost her beautiful long hair due to the chemotherapy, has amazed everyone with her “get on with it” attitude and has made her parents incredibly proud.
She has continued to attend school as often as possible.
Mum Angela, 42, said: “I am just so relieved I went back to the GP with her one more time in March when she was feeling poorly as I was reluctant to at the time after seeing a nurse, the GP and an emergency doctor who had all suggested routine problems such as tonsillitis or mumps.
“The leukaemia diagnosis was an absolute shock, but we have all just had to get on with it and Alyssa has been an inspiration. There have been some incredibly tough times, but we are now finally looking forward to getting back to normal.”
Alyssa has now completed the intense part of the chemotherapy and has been placed on “maintenance” treatment which means a hospital visit every two weeks as well as oral chemotherapy daily. Her treatment will continue for the next 18 months.
Jane Bullock, the charity’s spokesman for the North West, said: “The Little Star Awards are a wonderful way of raising awareness of the progress that is being made in the fight against children’s cancer and we would like to encourage anyone who knows an inspirational child like Alyssa to nominate them now.” Visit cruk.org/littlestar