“I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
What is a Wilms Tumour?
Wilms tumour (also called Wilms' tumour or nephroblastoma) is a type of cancer that starts in the kidneys. It is the most common type of kidney cancer in children. It is named after Max Wilms, a German doctor who wrote one of the first medical articles about the disease in 1899.
Signs and Symptoms (from www.macmillan.org.uk)
The most common symptom is a swollen abdomen, which is usually painless. Sometimes a parent or carer may feel a lump in the abdomen which can be quite large. Occasionally, the tumour may bleed slightly and this can irritate the kidney and may be painful. There may be blood in your child’s urine, or their blood pressure may be raised. The child may feel tired, and also have a high temperature (fever), upset stomach, weight loss or a lack of appetite.
Brooklyn Hutchinson, from Peterlee in County Durham, is 8 years old and is undergoing gruelling chemotherapy for her second Wilms Tumour.
Brooklyn was first diagnosed with cancer in August 2015, which led to her having her right kidney removed and chemotherapy, after which she temporarily lost the use of her arms and legs.
She was then declared cancer free in October of 2015 and went back to school in February the following year. In August 2016 however a scan revealed another tumour in her right lung which resulted in her having to have part of her lung removed in January of this year (2017). Brooklyn left hospital only 5 days after the operation and found the strength to attend the Sunderland Echo’s Best of Wearside Awards to pick up her ‘Child of Courage’ award at The Stadium of Light just a week after the operation.
Her mother Joanne told the Sunderland Echo in January (2017) that “Everything was going great but then last July she started going downhill … She started going off her food and I knew then that something was wrong. I took her to the GP and he said that because of her history we were best off taking her up to the RVI to get checked.”
(RVI = Royal Victoria Infirmary)
Brooklyn is still undergoing chemotherapy and will also have to have radiotherapy.
Meanwhile, family friend Holly Leighton has set up a Twitter account honouring Brooklyn called ‘Brooklyn Our Hero’, and there is also a Facebook page, links to both are below.
Brooklyn’s greatest wish is to meet her television idols Ant and Dec.
Amelia was first diagnosed with AML in September 2015 at 7 years old. She was declared in remission in March 2016 but sadly relapsed in October.
In her mum's words:
"My beautiful Queen was only 7 years old when she got diagnosed with AML (an adult cancer) She is an amazing daughter and sister to her identical twin Gracie and older sister Allysha... She was diagnosed September 2015 full remission March 2016 then relapsed November 2016 Amelia is now waiting for a Bone Marrow Transplant which will go ahead when a suitable match is found.
I'm asking for your help as I'm a single working mum who is there for others in need.
Please hear my story ... Please help"
The below information is from www.macmillan.org.uk
Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in children
Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a type of blood cancer. A third of all childhood cancers are leukaemia, with approximately 400 new cases occurring each year in the UK. Less than a quarter of these are acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). AML can affect children of any age; girls and boys are equally affected.
Signs and Symptoms
As the leukaemia cells multiply in the bone marrow, the production of normal blood cells is reduced. Children may therefore become tired and lethargic because of anaemia, which is caused by a lack of red blood cells.
Children may develop bruises, and bleeding may take longer to stop because of the low number of platelets present in their blood. Sometimes they may suffer from infections because of low numbers of normal white blood cells. A child is likely to feel generally unwell and may complain of aches and pains in the limbs or may have swollen lymph glands.
At first, the symptoms are just like those of a viral infection, but when they continue for more than a week or two, the diagnosis usually becomes clear.
Amelia's GoFundMe page: