Courageous young Sarah is a shining star – and that’s official

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A BRAVE wee girl has been named a ‘Little Star’ after beating cancer and learning to walk again.

Sarah McGinnes (6) was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in September 2010.

The East Dunbartonshire youngster faced two years of gruelling chemotherapy treatment.

Unfortunately, the steroids Sarah had to take with the chemotherapy began to damage her legs and she found it too painful to walk.

But the courageous youngster fought the disease and in October, just two weeks before her sixth birthday, the family were given the great news that Sarah was in remission.

Mum Lynsey Alexander (31) said: “It was a double celebration.

“It was such a wonderful feeling to know that Sarah had fought the cancer and won.

“Throughout her treatment she has been so strong, never letting it get her down for too long.

“Now there’s no stopping her. Although she can’t walk long distances, and still needs to use a wheelchair to get to school, she can go out to play on her bike and play with her friends. She’s getting stronger all the time.”

Mum Lynsey nominated Sarah for a Cancer Research UK Little Star Award in recognition of her bravery.

The award also recognises the courage of Sarah’s big brother Ryan (11), who has been a great support to his sister and mum.

The family, from Milton of Campsie, are now backing Cancer Research UK’s Little Stars campaign, urging the public to support the charity to raise funds to help improve survival rates among children.

Lynsey said: “We feel really lucky that Sarah has come through the other side of her treatment, which is why we wanted to support this year’s Little Star Awards.”

Despite going through cancer treatment, Sarah was able to join her brother Ryan at Craighead Primary in August 2011. Since then the youngster has gone from strength to strength.

Sarah has also been an inspiration to her gran, Jean Alexander (66), who was sadly diagnosed with lymphoma recently.

Lynsey said: “We are a close family and for cancer to hit us a second time like this is very hard. My mum has taken heart though and is really determined to sail through her treatment and recover from cancer, just like Sarah did.”

Sarah received a ‘star’ trophy, and a gift card from retailer TK Maxx. She and Ryan were also awarded certificates signed by celebrities, including singer Leona Lewis and rapper Tinie Tempah. To nominate a Little Star visit cruk.org/littlestar

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