CHESTERFIELD: Brave Chloe wins year-long cancer fight

Tara with Chloe.
Tara with Chloe.

Brave little Chloe Parkes has beaten cancer.

The 11-year-old, of Brimington, was given the all-clear on Wednesday after a gruelling year-long fight with a brain tumour.

Now she has won her battle, the inspirational youngster is looking forward to fulfilling her dreams of meeting Mickey Mouse and swimming with dolphins in Disneyland.

Chloe’s mum, Tara, said she was bursting with pride at her “beautiful little fighter”.

She added: “The news just doesn’t seem real.

“I even rang the hospital back to check they were right.”

Tara, 35, was constantly at Chloe’s bedside at Sheffield Children’s Hospital as the brave little fighter endured gruelling treatment to beat the deadly disease.

Tara said: “It’s been a year from hell.

“She had radiotherapy everyday for six weeks and three lots of chemotherapy – two were high doses and put her in isolation for a month and left her very ill.

“It was horrible to see her that way – as a mother I felt so helpless.

“She needed four life-saving operations and each time we were told she wouldn’t pull through – but now we’ve got the best news possible.”

Tara added: “Every child has a chance to beat this type of cancer, it just depends how they respond to the treatment.”

Chloe, who was always singing and dancing before her ordeal, was admitted to hospital after her family noticed she had a squint and was walking into doors.

On closer inspection at the opticians, experts noticed Chloe had severe swelling behind her eyes.

The little girl was immediately admitted to A&E where doctors discovered she had a tumour.

Tara said: “Despite everything Chloe’s been through, she’s always had a smile – I’m so proud of her.”

Tara said Chloe would be celebrating her wonderful news at a special party with family and friends at the end of April.

And countless charitable efforts have raised thousands of pounds meaning Chloe’s dreams of meeting Mickey Mouse and swimming with dolphins will become a reality when she visits Disneyland in the summer.

Tara said: “She’s so excited about it.

“We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone – especially Cancer Relief UK – for fundraising for Chloe.

“There are some very special people out there,” she added.