Monday 11th September 2017
North East and Cumbria
"When I was 4 years old, I was diagnosed with a type of kidney cancer called a Wilm's Tumour. I spent 10 months in and out of hospital, going through treatment.
Now, over a decade later, I still go for annual check-ups at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle but, despite having one kidney, I lead an active life.
When I was having my chemotherapy at 4 years old, I always dressed as my favourite Disney princess Cinderella, to help keep me smiling.
I was lucky. Because I was just little at the time, I can't remember loads of what it felt like going through cancer treatment.
I can only imagine how hard it would be to have cancer as a teenager, when most of your life is just starting and you’re just beginning to gain your independence, having everything turned upside down.
My dad and I chose to take on the Great North Run with #TeamTeenageCancer, raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust, to help support other young people like me who have been diagnosed with cancer across the UK.
It was my first half marathon and I had so much fun running with Teenage Cancer Trust!
After running I was completely shattered but I really enjoyed it. I especially loved my sit down and drink in the Teenage Cancer Trust marquee at the end! I nearly lost my shoe, just like Cinderella, at Mile 3 when my lace came undone, but managed to keep it on - maybe that's why I didn't find my Prince Charming!
I think it's so important that every young person with cancer receive the kind of support that Teenage Cancer Trust gives. No one should have to face cancer alone."
Katy's Mum, Louise Miles, is our North East Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust. Louise said:
The world felt like it stopped when I sat in front of the Consultant and heard the words: ‘Your daughter has cancer.’
I went into autopilot trying to support Katy and the rest of our family with the news and it didn’t really sink in until four days later when she had a biopsy done to establish what type of tumour it was and her chances of survival.
As a parent, you just want to go through it for them. Being diagnosed with cancer at any age is horrendous but now, with two teenagers enjoying life, going out with friends, studying hard and looking to their futures, I can understand how incredibly difficult a cancer diagnosis would be for them.
You want the best possible support for your child when they’re diagnosed and it breaks my heart to think that some young people aren’t getting the vital support they need. Currently for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust can support there's another we can't reach.
I'm so proud Katy has chosen to run and fundraise for other young people and know that every penny raised will help to make a difference and help ensure every young person can be supported in the future.