In 2008, when she was just four years old, Hope was diagnosed with a brain tumour which could not be operated on. She underwent 18 months of chemotherapy but sadly relapsed shortly afterward. She has since relapsed again and again, and now Hope is receiving chemotherapy for the fourth time. She has become profoundly deaf in her left ear and lost hearing completely in her right ear.
Hope’s eight year battle with cancer means that she hasn’t been able to experience many of the things a normal 11 year old girl would have. Despite spending most of her childhood with cancer, and being unable to participate in many of the fun things her friend do, Hope is a wonderful, positive and happy girl.
Hope’s sister, Lucie, is nine years old, and she is a massive support to Hope. Sadly, Lucie has a disability herself. She was born with a form of Congenital Myopathy which is a muscle condition. As a result of this condition, Lucie is fed using a gastrostomy feeding tube and must use a ventilation machine at night. She also has no formed hips or sockets, along with a whole host of other problems. Regardless of her disability, Lucie is incredibly brave and intelligent. The girls had another sister called Grace, who had the same disability as Lucie, but sadly Grace died just nine hours after she was born.
How You Can Help
Click here to find out how you can raise money towards our appeal for Hope.
Hope and Lucie's mum has given us a wish list of items that would make their Christmas extra special this year:
- A bedroom makeover
- Visit Madame Tussauds in London
- One Day Zookeeper Experience
- Volunteer at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
- Stay in a hotel and order room service
- Meet Zoella from YouTube
- Art and craft items
- Washy tape
- Nail varnish
- Lip balm
- Wii U
- Our Generation Doll Sets
- Board Games
- Solar pool heater for next summer