‘I’m really proud of her’ Gravesend schoolgirl who beat childhood cancer opens new charity store in Crayford
PUBLISHED: 17:46 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:05 27 June 2017
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The store opened on Friday
When Julie Bover heard her one-year-old daughter had developed cancer, she feared the worst.
Seven years later, the Gravesend youngster is fighting fit, and was the VIP guest at the opening of a new Cancer Research UK superstore in Crayford on Friday.
Now eight-years-old, Georgina Bover has fought her way back from a form of cancer which has left her with just three quarters of a kidney.
Her diagnosis came in 2010, when her mother, a GP, noticed she had been getting fevers, was fussy with her food and was constipated.
“After tests, the consultant came into the cubicle, pulled the curtain around and said ‘we think Georgina has cancer’,” said Dr Bover.
“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, I could hear all the other mums on the ward start to cry.”
Young Georgina had developed a Wilms’ tumour, a cancer of the kidneys which typically affects children.
The news came just after Georgina’s first birthday, and after six years of IVF treatment with partner Jem to have Georgina, her mother began fearing for her firstborn daughter’s life.
The Windmill Hill resident said: “I remember thinking ‘oh my God, my daughter is going to die. After waiting all this time to have her, she is going to be taken away from me.”
By the start of 2011, Georgina had endured chemotherapy, fevers, blood transfusions and surgery at Great Ormond Street, which nearly saw her lose both kidneys, but for the skilled work of surgeons who managed to save a small part of her left organ and remove the growing tumours.
In 2016, the youngster, who loves swimming, running, basketball and ballet, was given the all-clear.
“She may need a transplant in the future, other than that, she is absolutely fine, when I think about how ill she was and then you look at her now, it’s amazing,” said Dr Bover.
On Friday, June 23, Georgina was the guest of honour at the grand opening of Crayford’s Cancer Research UK superstore, and the Holy Trinity CE Primary School student said she was “very proud and happy” to do so.
Her mother added: “She is living proof that research is vital and it works, money raised at this store and all the other Cancer Research UK shops, will help more people like Georgina to survive, and that’s why we need people to support it.”
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