Dance Divaz step-up to raise funds for CLIC Sargent

Ilkeston based Dance group, 'Dance Divaz' wowed the crowds recently with tier wintertime dance extravaganza raising over £600 in support of fellow member, four-year-old Alice who was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Alice’s mum tells her daughter's story.

Alice's story

“I had noticed that Alice’s tummy seemed swollen over a few weeks and it seemed to be larger on one side. Initially I wasn’t overly worried as my son had had a toddler ‘pot belly’ so I thought it was that.

"However she started to really lose her appetite, she has always been a fussy eater but she began going for whole days eating hardly anything.

"After a night out my husband came home and said he’d been worrying about it, he went upstairs and felt her tummy whilst she was sleeping and said he thought it felt like a lump. We made her an appointment at the GP the next day and we were immediately told to take Alice to the Queen's Medical Centre.

"We were sent straight to the medical assessment unit where several doctors examined Alice. At around 10pm a consultant came to see us and delivered the devastating news that it looked extremely likely that Alice had kidney cancer.

At that moment our world fell apart. It was confirmed that Alice had a Wilms tumour. 

"Alice began a six-week-course of chemotherapy almost straight away followed by surgery lasting six hours in May 2014. The operation to remove the tumour from her kidney was a success. Alice amazed us all with her recovery and was out of hospital in a couple of days sporting a very neat scar!

"After surgery Alice had nine sessions of radiotherapy and six more months of weekly chemotherapy to ensure the cancer was completely eradicated.  

"Our last chemo session was on 4 December and in January we had the best news, she is all clear! She will need to be seen for tests every couple of months but we are over the moon to be able to get on with normal family life.”

Dance Divaz support for Alice

The Dance Divaz group worked together to bake cupcakes to sell, and organise a raffle to help raise a fantastic total of £675.16 for CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Andy Fuller said: “I would like to thank all of those who took part in this fantastic event and it is great news that Alice is well on the road to recovery.

"Everyone at CLIC Sargent wishes them all the best for the future."

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event in support of CLIC Sargent, please contact Andy Fuller on 01509 673 508 or email: andrew.fuller@clicsargent.org.uk.

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