Abby was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, in 2013 aged 8 years and 10 months.
During her fight Abby had 23 rounds of chemotherapy, 50 days of radiotherapy, stem cell harvesting, scans, cannulas, drains, intensive care stays and pioneering surgery, to remove the tumour from her clavicle and replace the missing bone with her second toe and main metatarsal from her right foot. In May 2014, Abby was officially declared in remission and spent 6 carefree months getting back to school and back to her beloved dancing. The day after Christmas, 2014, Abby’s cancer returned. Despite a truly awe-inspiring fight she lost her battle on May 29th 2016.
Abby loved to dance and her teacher described her as “a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day.” She was a joy to be around. She had seemingly unending energy and exuded a real joy for life. She touched the lives of everyone she knew- seeing the tributes flooding in after her passing, and the hundreds and hundreds of people at her funeral demonstrated perfectly how many people loved her and what a mark she made on the world during her short life.
Abby was a big spirit on the ward and loved to play with all the children, especially the babies. She was the bravest child and withstood the most aggressive attempt to beat her disease. She got the nick name of ‘Abby the ninja” from a group of teenagers on the ward, because she was so fearless and never moaned about the treatment.
Abby has left a massive hole in our hearts and everyday we struggle with the loss of her. With the help of our friends and family we have started this charity in her name – Abby’s Heroes.