DENTON schoolgirl Ruth Grace Crosby is hoping to inspire other youngsters in their battles against cancer.
Ruth Grace, 12, from Dane Bank, has become the first ever young ambassador for the Manchester-based children’s cancer research charity Friends of Rosie.
Her appointment at the start of September coincided with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Ruth Grace was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, when she was eight years old.She had a horrific experience throughout her cancer treatment, enduring countless side effects, suffering a severe allergic reaction to one of the chemotherapy drugs and eventually having her leg amputated.
As a Friends of Rosie young ambassador, Ruth Grace will be helping the charity to fundraise, raise awareness of the vital need for more research and to connect with other children who have been or are going through cancer treatment.
Ruth said: “If my involvement can help just one another child get through treatment, that would be amazing.”
The impact of Covid-19 has significantly reduced the charity’s normal flow of support and their ability to fundraise.
They have seen a 50 per cent drop in fundraising income since lockdown began in March and Ruth Grace will be working with the Friends of Rosie team to come up with new fundraising ideas to get much deserved attention on childhood cancer research.
Ruth Grace is now three years cancer-free and it has been one year since her leg amputation.
She is back at St Thomas More RC College which was a huge event for her, especially with the new Covid regulations in schools. She has recently had a new prosthetic leg, which she has been getting used to during lockdown, even riding her scooter once again.
Her focus now is on her education, friendships, and raising awareness for children’s cancer research – and most importantly, enjoying her childhood again.
Friends of Rosie chair Felicity Goodey said: “We’re delighted to have Ruth Grace as part of our team and I’m sure she’ll make a hugely positive impact on the work that we do.
“Ruth Grace is why we exist. It’s often only seeing young children going through the devastation of cancer and gruelling treatments that people realise how important it is to find better treatments and cures.
“Her involvement will help us to raise awareness of the need for more dedicated research into the causes, treatment, and diagnosis of childhood cancer.”
If you would like to support Friends of Rosie to fund more life-saving and life-changing research, visit their website www.friendsofrosie.co.uk which also has Ruth Grace’s full story.
When five-year-old Rosie Larkin lost her battle against cancer in 1991, her family and friends were determined to carry on the fight to help other children affected by cancer.
They set up Friends of Rosie, an independent charity dedicated to raising money for research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood cancer.