Leah, age seven from Dundee, is living with a brain tumour.
Two years ago, her parents took her to see the doctor as she had a sore head and ongoing sickness. The results of a CT scan revealed the devastating news that Leah, then just five years old, had a brain tumour.
Just three months after an operation to remove the tumour, it had grown again. Leah’s Dad, Stephen, says “she’s been through so much already, but even through 18 months of chemotherapy Leah still went to school every day. She loves being there and looks up to her teachers. Even when they said she seemed tired, she stayed until the end of the day. She just refused to give in to it.”
Treatment has reduced the size of Leah’s tumour but not made it go away, so medication is part of her daily routine now. Chemotherapy has given Leah Type 1 Diabetes, she takes steroids for an adrenal insufficiency and medicine for her thyroid too.
Stephen says “Leah has always pushed herself to do everything she wanted to. She loves to get involved with everything and is a really confident child, but the past few years have forced her to grow up really fast. She has lost part of her childhood to this.”
Reading books helped Leah pass the time in hospital, and she’s a really fast reader now! She is even writing her very own book at the moment.
Her love of school and words meant it was little surprise when Leah told us her One True Wish: To be a teacher for the day! She says she would love to be one when she is older, and would like to teach art, as that is her favourite subject.
Leah has asked for her wish to be at her own primary school, teaching the younger pupils and she says she is super excited to go into the staff room!
Leah will get the chance to choose her own special outfit and have her nails done beforehand so she can look the part for her special day.
Leah has been through a lot, but she has remained cheerful and smiley the whole way through her treatment.
Sponsor her wish today to be part of her One True Wish.