A 10-year-old cancer survivor has helped launch a charity’s new campaign in spectacular fashion by perfoming with a Dancing on Ice star.
Aspiring figure skater, Georgia Hillman from Monifeith, took to the rink at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London, with Frankie Seaman.
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The youngster was seen gliding beautifully on the ice, spinning to festive songs and showing Frankie how far she has come since being diagnosed with cancer just before her first birthday.
The experience was organised to mark the launch of this year’s Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Star Awards which celebrate the strength and courage shown by children and young people who have been affected by cancer.
Just after her first birthday, Georgia was diagnosed with a type of kidney cancer, called Wilms’ tumour. Scans showed that the tumour in Georgia’s stomach was the size of a football but after having chemotherapy it shrank rapidly which allowed doctors to operate and remove the tumour. Georgia then went on to have seven months of chemotherapy, and thankfully, is now doing really well. She is now a successful figure skater, competing at a national level.
Georgia’s mum Ruth, aged 41, said: “Hearing that my baby had cancer was something I never expected. It was the most terrifying few years of our lives, but we got through it and she has gone from strength to strength ever since. We are so proud of her, she has achieved so much.
“Ice skating is a huge passion for Georgia - she puts her all into it. It’s a hobby that lets her run free which is amazing after everything she’s been through. Watching her perform with Frankie today at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink is a memory I’ll never forget. We treasure moments like these, and never take them for granted.”
Georgia, added: “Dancing on the ice with Frankie at the Natural History Museum today was magical and made me even more excited for Christmas. Frankie’s moves were amazing and one day I hope I will be as good as her. Receiving a Star Award inspired me - I look back at what I’ve been through and it’s only made me stronger and more determined.”