Jan 2 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
MILLIE-ROSE Heaton has been chosen as the number one person in Skelmersdale after the courage she has shown in battling against her childhood cancer.
Millie, from Skelmersdale, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in February last year at just 20 months old.
Neuroblastoma is, after domestic accident, the second most frequent cause of mortality in children.
Millie’s cancer began as a tumour in her stomach and then spread to her bone marrow.
The brave toddler began a course of intensive chemotherapy to rid the cancer from her bone marrow and she also had an operation to remove her stomach tumour.
She is recovering from a stem cell transplant to replace her bone marrow, which has since been declared to be cleared of the cancer.
Millie is waiting for scans to see if her bone marrow has remained clear before undergoing a course of radiotherapy.
The Skelmersdale community has come together to raise funds and awareness for Millie with the total standing at almost £25,000.
People have climbed mountains, run marathons and had tattoos to raise cash for the toddler, who needs the money for treatments in the USA that are not available in the UK.
The community has also organised fun days, car boot sales and children’s parties for Millie and she has become well-known in the town.
Millie and her family are an inspiration to us all.