Five-year-old supported through gruelling treatment by inseperable twin sister and six siblings after stage four cancer diagnoses
By Becca Husselbee
A little girl battling a rare form of cancer has created adorable memories with the help and support of her six siblings and her devoted twin sister.
Lilly Bradley was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2015, but has been helped along every step of the way by her team of brother and sisters who have lifted her spirits during her treatment.
The plucky youngster, from West Bromwich, West Mids, has spent the day at her local police station, as well as riding a horse, going for a picnic and feeding the ducks along with her six siblings, Katie, 9, Kyle, 8, Kian and Chloe, both 8, Jaydon, 7 and twin sister Lacey, 5.
Mum, Rachel, 27, said: “Lacey and Lilly have always been inseparable, they do everything together, she’s been there through the whole process, they all have.
“They were both distraught when she was too ill to start school along with Lacey.
“Lacey would get very upset when Lilly had injections because she thought the doctors were hurting her, she is so protective.
“Lilly wanted to make a wish list and create memories that could be shared with her siblings before she becomes too ill.
“They are very supportive and visit her in the hospital and they wanted to create memories together while they could.”
Lilly was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2015 and had her last round of treatment in March, this year, as doctors deemed it too dangerous for her to have anymore.
At the moment Lilly is not cancer-free but she is stable.
Having been in and out of the hospital since her diagnoses and having to be fed through a tube, Lilly was determined to not let her illness stop her and next on her list is a visit to the local fire station.
The trip to the local police station, along with her siblings was organised by local Police Community Support Officer, Bernadette Pochron, after she heard Lilly, who has been diagnosed with Stage four cancer, wanted to be a police officer for the day.
Rachel said: “She had a brilliant day with the police and couldn’t pick out her favourite bit as there were so many but her biggest smiles were with the police puppies and getting to press the sirens in the police cars.
“We’re really grateful to Bernadette and her colleagues who have helped her police dream day come true.”
“it was amazing to see her running around and being so happy with her brother and sisters.
“when she got to stroke the police dogs her face just lit up.”
“One of things on her list was a movie night with the whole family but she said it wasn’t her favourite because she didn’t like the popcorn.”
Bernadette said: “We had a lovely time showing Lilly, her brothers, sisters, mum and dad around the police station, I think we had just as much fun as them.
“We’re creating a photo album so Lilly and her family can look back on the day trip. It was our pleasure to help Lilly make some long lasting memories with all her family.”
Despite Lilly’s illness Mum, Rachel, says that the bucket list has helped the family to remain positive and creating a memory book has given Lilly and her seven siblings something to look back on.
Rachel said: “We are trying to make it all happen in case any future scans reveal bad news and while she is well enough to enjoy the activities.”
Mum, Rachel, noticed something was wrong when Lilly developed a limp her left leg and said she was experiencing a lot of pain.
A few weeks later the youngster developed a lump on her head which was later diagnosed as a tumour.
Lilly was given immunotherapy, a treatment that boosts the body’s natural defences to help fight cancer, as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy over a period of 12 months.
Rachel said: “We have done a few things so far such as making cakes, feeding the ducks and a fun day out to the park.”
“There is still loads to do though and were planning a trip to the local fire station and hope to visit Disneyland and see some dolphins.”
The family plan to create a memory book filled with photographs as a reminder of Lilly’s adorable bucket list.