Special Visit for a Remarkable Girl
Seven year old Lauryn Robinson, from North Wales, has been battling an extremely rare form of cancer. Lauryn has been diagnosed with ‘Dual Hit Leukaemia’. Dual Hit Leukaemia is part acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and part Burkitts non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The condition is so rare that Lauryn is believed to be the only child in the world suffering with both illnesses simultaneously.
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia is type of cancer usually found in children that affects bone marrow and the production of healthy white blood cells. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is another type of cancer that affects people of all ages. It also causes difficulty with white blood cell production and the body’s lymphatic system.
Chris Maloney visited Lauryn on Alder Hey’s Oncology Unit before spending time meeting other patients and families at the hospital. He said: “It feels great to be back at Alder Hey again. I had a brilliant time meeting everyone in March and when I heard Lauryn’s story I really wanted to come back and see her. It was fab to catch up with everyone and hear about the charity’s plans to make this place even more amazing for families!”
Lauryn’s mum Emma said “Lauryn’s chemo has recently has been very gruelling and aggressive. She has been very ill but still has her good days. After her stroke, Lauryn has had physiotherapy sessions which she really enjoyed. She was able to use the hydrotherapy pool and it was just nice for her to be out of bed doing something. She really did make excellent progress but she has had lots of setbacks which has been frustrating. She is just so clever and resilient and brave. She keeps bouncing back.
“We’ve had to deal with a lot in such a short space of time but Alder Hey has been fantastic. It has such great staff and surroundings which have really helped to take the weight off our shoulders and make this whole thing that little bit easier”.
Emma works at Ysgol Y Foel and Ysgol Nannerch primary schools where staff and pupils have been fundraising for Alder Hey Children’s Charity and Ronald McDonald House. Pupils and staff at Lauryn’s primary school, Ysgol Bryn Gwalia all took part in a ‘Lap for Lauryn’, a 3 mile sponsored walk around Mold. All participants wore yellow, which is Lauryn’s favourite colour. They raised over an amazing £3,000.
Rachel Donohoe from Alder Hey Children’s Charity said: “On behalf of Alder Hey Children’s Charity I’d like to thank Chris for visiting us today. These visits make a massive difference to our patients and families who can be in hospital for such a long period of time. Everyone really enjoyed the visit today and we hope to see Chris back here again soon! Big thanks also to Emma and everyone at Ysgol Y Foel, Ysgol Nannerch and Ysgol Bryn Gwalia primary schools for their fantastic support for Alder Hey Children’s Charity.”
Visit Lauryn’s fundraising page!