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Special award for nine-year-old cancer survivor

PUBLISHED: 10:49 02 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:53 02 June 2015

Sofia and Foteini Gkatsou with Only The Young

Sofia and Foteini Gkatsou with Only The Young

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Foteini Ghatsou’s twin sister Sofia was by her side all through treatment

A nine-year-old girl who survived cancer has received a special award at a celebrity party for youngsters who have suffered from the disease.

Foteini Gkatsou was a guest at the Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens Star Awards party in Kensington at the weekend, along with her twin sister Sofia, who was at her side all through her treatment, and her parents Sissy and Dimitris.

The party was also attended by Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, former Pussycat doll Kimberly Wyatt and TV presenter Matt Johnson.

Foteini, who was treated for a Wilms’ tumour, was one of 20 guests, chosen from 620 children from across the UK who received a Kids and Teens Star Award this year.

The party had a space theme, with games and experiments including slime-making, rocket launching, experiments with dry ice and sampling freeze-dried astronaut ice-cream. There was also entertainment from CBeebies’ Mr Maker and X Factor contestants Only The Young.

All the children also had stars named after them.

Mrs Gkatsou said: “The girls had a great day. They enjoyed all the space experiments and games, especially the man who made balloon animals.

“It was lovely to see all the children forgetting about being ill and enjoying themselves.”

Foteini was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2012, when the disease was already at an advanced stage, and had to undergo lengthy and complicated treatment. Sofia attended all her hospital appointments with her.

She is now in remission and back at school.

Around three-quarters of under-15s with cancer are now cured, compared to only a quarter in the late 1960s.

Lynn Daly, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for London, said: “The Kids and Teens Star Awards party is an inspiring event.

“It’s a privilege to be able to recognise children diagnosed with cancer, who are themselves stars.”

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