Childhood cancer is nothing to smile about, yet when Katy, now a 17-year-old from the U.K., was diagnosed with kidney cancer at the age of 4, she did her best to smile throughout her treatment.
Now, as she celebrates 12 years being cancer-free, she continues to smile, and all those years of positivity are thanks to a Cinderella dress.
When Katy was 4 four years old, doctors told her parents she had cancer.
In a blog post she wrote for Teenage Cancer Trust, Katy explained how doctors diagnosed her with kidney cancer. Doctors told her parents she had Wilms’ tumor, or nephroblastoma, a rare kidney cancer that mostly affects children, and she would need chemotherapy.
Katy wrote that since she was so young, she doesn’t quite remember what it felt like to go through chemotherapy, but she does remember what she did for it.
“When I was having my chemotherapy at 4 years old, I always dressed as my favourite Disney princess Cinderella, to help keep me smiling,” she wrote.
The 4-year-old would dress up in a Cinderella dress for chemotherapy.
After celebrating 12 years of being cancer-free, Katy wanted to do something to help other young people who have to go through the same thing she did over a decade ago. Katy and her father decided to run in the Great North Run, a half-marathon that supports Teenage Cancer Trust.
While her fellow competitors ran in typical race attire, Katy ran in a Cinderella dress.
“Not only did I decide to tackle a half marathon, I decided to do it dressed as Cinderella as a throwback to my time going through cancer treatment,” Katy wrote.
Katy wore a Cinderella dress as she ran a half-marathon benefiting kids with cancer.
The teen, who even wore her hair like Cinderella, remarked how during the third mile she almost lost her shoe like the Disney princess, but she pressed on.
Katy’s mom, Louise, is a fundraising manager for Teenage Cancer Trust and was so proud when she found out her daughter wanted to participate in the half-marathon. She remembered how difficult it was for her family when they received Katy’s diagnosis, and she hopes other families experiencing what her family experienced will benefit from Katy’s contributions.
“I’m so proud Katy has chosen to run and fundraise for other young people and know that every penny raised will help to make a difference and help ensure every young person can be supported in the future,” she said.