Three-Year-Old Girl Battling Brain Cancer Attends Prom With Her Sister Because She Might Not Live Long Enough For Hers
July 31, 2019 14:28 By Fabiosa
Cancer is that disease that dashes its victim's hopes and crushes their dreams. Because it has variations so sometimes, it is salvageable, and other times, not.
Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumour (ATRT) is a tumor that affects the primary central nervous system (CNS). It usually starts in the brain or spinal cord.
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ATRTs are typically categorized as Grade IV tumors, meaning they are cancerous and escalate quickly.
Naturally, the dreadful disease can happen to either children or adults. Despite its rarity, the star of this story was diagnosed with the disease a long time ago.
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Thankfully, she, however, has the help of her family to fulfill some of her dreams.
The little Sunderland native, Lana Nixon, was diagnosed with the ATRT in November 2018 at two years old. Unfortunately, it was heartbreaking.
Her parents, Gemma Nixon, 34, and Andrew Haswell, 40, quit their jobs so they could make enough memories with their little one.
And one of the ways they did this was to make her go to prom!
Given that it seems bleak that Lana might not live long enough to go to her school dance, her family didn't want her to miss out on the experience. So, they decided she was going to join her elder sister.
For the prom, Lana looked gorgeous in a shiny pink dress designed with flowers and sequins and styled it with a matching floral headband. The little angel looked like a princess!
She and her sister, Neve, pulled up to the event in a chauffeured Rolls Royce.
About the heartwarming moment, their mum said:
"It was so emotional for us all to be together as a family and for Lana to be part of her sister's special day. She loved the car, and said that she and Neve were princesses that day."
It was special for Lana’s family as she has been in hospital gown and pajamas for the past months.
Her mother expressed so much joy at seeing her daughter in a pretty dress, enjoying her self.
Lana's courageous spirit dumbfounds each member of the loving family, and they continue to shower her with support.
Also, friends of the family created a JustGiving page to help raise funds to bypass the brunt of Gemma and Andrew quitting their jobs.
Fortunately, of its £20,000 goal, they have been able to raise £14,011 to provide Lana with all she needs to fight this.
Hopefully, Lana will live long enough to attend her own prom and have lots of beautiful memories. That's all we wish for!