Disneyland trip for Radlett family in celebration of daughter's leukaemia remission
PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 October 2014
A Radlett family whose five-year-old daughter spent three years fighting leukaemia were treated with a trip to Disneyland Paris to celebrate her remission from the illness.
Kelly and Ben Nash’s child Evie was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) on December 31 2012 when she was just three years old.
Evie’s mum Kelly explained: “It is a New Year’s Eve that Ben and I will never forget, for all the wrong reasons.
“After a three day stay in intensive care, and a quiet celebration of her fourth birthday on January 4, Evie was transferred to the oncology ward at Great Ormond Street where she continued the AML treatment protocol for the next five months.”
The mum of three said throughout this time the cancer treatment took a physical toll on Evie’s body and she lost weight, lost her hair and was extremely pale.
But she said the treatment did not dampen Evie’s feisty personality.
“She remained the happy and somewhat head strong child that she has always been.
“Fortunately, she responded to the treatment and was declared in remission in the summer of 2013.”
She went on: “When Evie left the oncology ward at GOSH, Ben and I breathed a sigh of relief.
“Our hearts felt heavy and we were emotionally shattered.
“Our family had spent huge amounts of time apart while Evie was being treated in GOSH and that summer was spent reconnecting as a family.”
The parents decided to keep the trip to Disneyland, which was fully funded by blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, a secret and only told Evie, her eight-year-old brother Archie, and sister Aelith, two, the night before they left.
Kelly added: “The level of excitement in the Nash household the evening prior to our departure was high.
“When we arrived at the Eurostar terminal, we were greeted by the team from Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and many other families who have all been affected by blood cancer, for a fun filled weekend.
“As a family we have wonderful memories and are so grateful to have been given this opportunity by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.”