Kira Noble says thank you to Arctic explorer

Victor Contini and Chris Tiso back meet young cancer patient Kira Noble. Picture: contributed
Victor Contini and Chris Tiso back meet young cancer patient Kira Noble. Picture: contributed
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SHE spent six long months in the Sick Kids hospital, enduring several cycles of chemotherapy and undergoing major surgery.

But despite everything she was going through, there was always one thing that made Kira Noble’s day brighter, and last week she was given the chance to thank the man who helped make it happen.

It’s Good 2 Give were part of our hospital family for many months at the Sick Kids. Every day they offered a friendly smile, time to chat and provided things to keep all the family occupied while Kira went through treatment.

Aud Noble

After being diagnosed with a rare cancer at the age of 11, Kira’s life was turned upside down and she was forced to give up her treasured active lifestyle for several months in bed as she underwent gruelling treatment.

After a stage 3 Neuroblastoma solid tumour mass was discovered in her abdomen, the 12 year-old from Craiglockhart would spend the majority of her time reading or watching television while she was in hospital.

But the highlight of her day would always be waiting for the It’s Good 2 Give trolley making its way up the ward.

The cart provides children in hospital with a free healthy snack of their choice as well as a smile and advice from the colleagues who push it.

City restaurateur Victor Contini last year trekked the Arctic Circle to raise money for the Edinburgh-based cancer charity and raised £30,931 after walking 62 miles.

He was one of 20 participants who raised money for the charity, which was founded in 2010 by Lynne McNicoll OBE and supports young people with cancer and their extended family in a number of ways.

Aud Noble, Kira’s mother, described the It’s Good 2 Give service as an “oasis in the desert”.

She said: “As a family we were all shocked and devastated to be given the cancer diagnosis. We collectively decided to fight the illness head-on and focused on a positive outcome, no matter how long it took to get there.

“Kira has taken it all in her stride, enduring six cycles of chemo, major surgery, radiotherapy and a home-administered drug treatment called Neuroblastoma differentiation therapy. We were delighted when Kira reached remission last November.”

Kira, who is a pupil at Firrhill Secondary School, met with Victor, who owns the Contini Restaurant in George Street, to thank him for his efforts.

He ordered her a margherita pizza, which she said was her “favourite food of all time” and the pair had time to discuss his trip and how the charity helped her through her treatment.

Aud said: “It’s Good 2 Give were part of our hospital family for many months at the Sick Kids.

“Every day they offered a friendly smile, time to chat and provided things to keep all the family occupied while Kira went through treatment.

“Normal home life stops during treatment and hospital becomes like a second home but the charity thinks of everything to make daily life a little bit easier, including offering practical support such as an ironing service. It was great to meet Victor, Kira had a lovely time.” As well providing practical support to families, It’s Good 2 Give is building The Ripple Retreat at a loch in the Trossachs to provide much-needed respite care in a natural settling.

courtney.cameron@edinburghnews.com