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Joyous first day at school for Bexley tot who overcame child cancer

Laura Radkowska in her uniform

Laura Radkowska in her uniform

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It is smiles all-round for little Laura Radkowska who will be starting nursery today after battling child cancer.

Laura RadkowskaLaura Radkowska

It is a day her mum Magda could only dream about since her only daughter was diagnosed in Nov 2010, aged just 14 months old.

Magda, of Hall Place Crescent, Bexley, said: “When I saw her in her uniform it made me so emotional. For years I haven’t known if she would ever get to go to nursery. It really is a dream come true.”

The four-year-old has now finished her treatment and is ready to join other youngsters at Haberdashers’ Aske’s nursery in Crayford.

Laura was referred to chYps Children’s Hospice at Home shortly after being diagnosed.

The charity provides cancer, respite and end-of-life care to seriously ill babies, children and young people in their own homes across Bexley borough and Kent.

Specialist nurses visited Laura at home to take bloods and administer chemotherapy, which prevented her from having to go into hospital.

Laura also received music therapy and when she was feeling better.

Her treatment has now finished and she is having six weekly check-ups to ensure the cancer has not returned.

If all goes well she will soon be able to be discharged from chYps care.

Magda added: “chYps reduced our nightmare into a bad dream and made it possible for me to cope. I can’t put into words just how much they all mean to me and how grateful I am for enabling us to have some normality. The staff and volunteers gave us joy when we thought all the joy had gone and for that they will always be in our hearts.”

As a thank you to chYps, Magda will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with other fundraisers at the charity’s Sponsored Twilight Walk on Friday 20 September at Danson Park.

Registration is £10 and all participants receive a free T-shirt and can take part in a Zumba warm up at 6.45pm

To register visit www.chyps.org, call 01322 221 315 or email emma.middleton@chyps.org

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