ACTRESS Kaye Wragg is supporting an urgent appeal for donations launched by childhood cancer research charity Children with Cancer UK amidst the coronavirus crisis. The actress has a personal link to the cause – her daughter Matilda, 12, overcame the disease after being diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just five.
Six years ago, Kaye had taken Matilda in for a routine eye examination, when the optician found abnormal pressure behind Matilda’s eyes. Matilda was rushed to hospital, where it was discovered the pressure was on her brain and was being caused by a large tumour. Matilda was taken into surgery and doctors were able to remove almost all of the tumour.
Despite being warned by doctors that Matilda may suffer severe side effects and be left ‘less able’ as a result of the tumour and treatment, the 12-year-old has since become a national gymnastics champion who Kaye describes as ‘a force to be reckoned with.’
“She’s not defined by what happened to her, she’s absolutely glorious and she’s everything you want a 12-year-old to be – she’s an incredible child. She has yearly scans now to check that her tumour hasn’t returned because it’s related to growth so until she stops growing there is a possibility it could come back.
“You can’t ever think, it’s gone away and that’s it. Every time the scan comes around, we go back to the same place we were six years ago when she was first diagnosed. We just hope she can get through to adulthood without it coming back.”
Kaye credits research into childhood cancer for Matilda’s successful treatment and recovery and is encouraging the public to continue to support cancer research charities, such as Children with Cancer UK, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are very grateful and understand that Matilda is here today, in large part, due to research into childhood cancers that have been funded by charities like Children with Cancer UK and has led to advancements in treatment. If Matilda had had her surgery 10 years earlier, the treatment she had wouldn’t have been available and she may not have survived her diagnosis.
“That’s why it’s so important people continue to support charities that fund research during this pandemic. Because of our family’s own experience of cancer, I know how vulnerable these children are, especially now when facing the added threat of infection. We’re all living in uncertain times during this pandemic. But one thing that is certain is that children will continue to be diagnosed with cancer.
“Every day in the UK, 12 families receive the devastating news that their child has cancer. We cannot forget children with continuing illnesses during this pandemic – their care is still absolutely paramount for them and their families.”
Please click here to support Children with Cancer UK’s appeal.