Sarah tells us about Anna Poppy’s Army
Anna Poppy Lawson is currently in and out of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, with medulloblastoma, a form of childhood cancer.
Anna Poppy’s Army has been set-up to fundraise for the three-year-old from Bradwell with a target of around £100,000, with half of that already raised, for treatment options and trials abroad.
Our commercial sales co-ordinator, Sarah Locke, is engaged to Anna Poppy’s dad’s best friend and knows the family well. We caught up with Sarah to find out more about Anna….
Can you tell us about Anna Poppy?
Anna is in many ways just a normal little girl and loves dressing up as a princess! She is such a positive and happy young girl and is so special to so many people. We were lucky enough to enjoy a short break to Butlins with the family earlier this year, where she danced and played just as any three-year-old would. However she is really ill and has an aggressive brain and spinal cancer, and just after her 2nd birthday she was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma and has since has gone through so much with operations, chemotherapy and has spent a long time in Addenbrooke’s. There is only a 20 per cent chance that full radiotherapy would work and so the family want to try treatment abroad, which is why we want to raise money for them.
What are some of the ways you and others have helped fundraise for her?
My fiancée has run 100 miles and I took part in a princess walk along Yarmouth Seafront as Anna loves princesses. So many people have helped support the appeal with cake sales, marathons, donations, boxing matches, auctions, events and more. People have been so generous but there is still a long way to go and Anna is really ill at the moment.
What can people do to help?
Medulloblastoma is a cancerous tumour that starts in the region of the brain at the base of the skull, called the posterior fossa. The tumours tend to spread to other parts of the brain and to the spinal cord. It is the most common malignant brain tumour of childhood mostly affecting children under 16, and rarely occurs in adults.