This inspirational new video shows the remarkable recovery made by a Monifieth girl who was diagnosed with cancer shortly after her first birthday.
Brave Georgia Hillman, from Monifieth, is an aspiring figure skater and has shown how talented she is by performing on the Natural History Museum Ice Rink in London, with former Dancing on Ice Star Frankie Seaman.
The 10-year-old’s is a former Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Star Awards winner and she is helping to launch this year’s awards which celebrate the strength and courage shown by children and young people who have been affected by cancer.
Georgia was diagnosed with a type of kidney cancer, called Wilms’ tumour. Scans showed the tumour was the size of a football but, after having chemotherapy, it shrank rapidly which allowed doctors to operate and remove it.
Georgia then had seven months of chemotherapy, and thankfully, is thriving — so much so that she is now a successful figure skater, competing at a national level.
Her mum Ruth, 41, said: “Hearing that my baby had cancer was something I never expected. It was the most terrifying few years of our lives, but we got through it and she has gone from strength to strength ever since. We are so proud of her, she has achieved so much.
“Ice skating is a huge passion for Georgia – she puts her all into it. It’s a hobby that lets her run free which is amazing after everything she’s been through.
“Watching her perform with Frankie today at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink is a memory I’ll never forget. We treasure moments like these, and never take them for granted.”
British figure skating champion Frankie said: “Georgia is amazing, she’s so talented, and it has been a breath of fresh air skating with her today.
“She went through so much at such a young age but hasn’t let that stop her following her dream of becoming such an amazing skater. Her skill and technique is fantastic, it was an honour to meet her – she gets a 10 out of 10 from me!”
Georgia, said: “Dancing on the ice with Frankie at the Natural History Museum today was magical and made me even more excited for Christmas! Frankie’s moves were amazing and one day I hope I will be as good as her. Receiving a Star Award inspired me – I look back at what I’ve been through and it’s only made me stronger and more determined.”
Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens is calling on families and friends of young cancer patients and survivors from across the UK to nominate them to receive a Star Award. To find out more, and to submit a nomination, visit cruk.org/kidsandteens.