Battling Ellen’s a real star

PUBLISHED: 10:13 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

Ellen Pearson

Ellen Pearson

A SCHOOLGIRL has been presented with a prestigious award in recognition of her bravery in battling cancer. Ellen Pearson received the Cancer Research Little Star award last Friday, her 11th birthday, at a special assembly at Longmeadow Primary School in

A SCHOOLGIRL has been presented with a prestigious award in recognition of her bravery in battling cancer.

Ellen Pearson received the Cancer Research Little Star award last Friday, her 11th birthday, at a special assembly at Longmeadow Primary School in Stevenage.

She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in March last year.

Within a week she underwent an operation to remove a tumour on her brain stem.

The doctors managed to remove 98 per cent of the tumour and a month after the operation Ellen started a course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The treatment was stopped because of an infection but resumed in July, during which time Ellen lost the use of her feet and fingers.

She is now using a wheelchair and is benefiting from twice weekly physiotherapy.

She started back at school in the morning only in September last year, and was recently able to spend much of her school day without using her wheelchair.

Ellen was nominated for the Little Star Award by her grandmother, Evelyn Bishop, in recognition of the courage she has shown in battling the disease.

Mrs Bishop said: "Amazingly she has not complained once. Since Ellen's illness she seems to have taken on a determination to partake in a number of activities next year.

"She wants to do trampolining and is showing an interest in badminton.

"Ellen is fully aware of the problems involved but has managed to stay very positive and her spirit seems to stay high. She is an amazing girl."

As well as being presented with a Little Star trophy, Ellen received a certificate signed by celebrities, including Kylie Minogue and Blue Peter presenters Zoe Salmon and Konnie Huq.

Ellen's headteacher Laraine Hodgson said: "We are very proud of Ellen at our school and particularly in the way she has faced having cancer with such bravery.

"I am amazed that despite having to miss school to attend hospital for treatment, her academic achievement has not been affected.


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