THE family of a four-year-old Scots girl who has battled a rare cancer have urged people to support a charity to raise funds to improve survival rates for the disease in children.
Summer Wroniecki was diagnosed with muscle tissue cancer rhabdomyosarcoma and has refused to stop smiling - and earier this year she won a special award for her courage.
She was awarded the Cancer Research UK ‘Little Star Award’ after being nominated by her gran for her determination to battle the disease.
The youngster’s family is now backing the charity’s search to find Scotland’s next young courageous cancer survivor.
Summer’s mother Karen Wroniecki, 36, of Cupar, Fife, said: “We feel really lucky Summer has come through the other side of this, which is why we wanted to support this year’s Little Star Awards.
“Cancer Research scientists work hard to come up with better and kinder treatments for youngsters with this awful disease. We hope the public will join us to support Little Stars and help the charity raise the money it needs for lifesaving research.”
New figures show that since the 1960s survival rates for children with cancer have more than doubled in the UK.
Cancer Research UK carried out the first UK clinical trials in children with rhabdomyosarcoma and have helped to double survival rates for this disease.
Around 50 youngsters are diagnosed with the disease every year in the UK, and Summer was part of the trials for this groundbreaking research.
Linda Summerhayes, the charity’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “Around 120 children are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland every year. Despite improvements in treatment, around 250 children still lose their lives to the disease each year in the UK. We are working towards a future where all children with cancer are cured.”
The charity has launched a drive for Scots to nominate people for the award, open to all under-18s who have cancer or who have been treated for the disease in the last five years.
The awards are backed by a host of famous faces including Olympic hero Mo Farah and boy band JLS.