A BRAVE youngster who is battling with an aggressive form of cancer has been granted her wish to star in a TV show.
Inspirational eight-year-old, Molly Baker-Hunt from Lowgates, Staveley, was overjoyed when she was sent to Newcastle to meet the cast of, and star in, her favourite programme – Tracy Beaker.
The Brimington Junior School pupil was given two days of VIP treatment, including a two-night stay at the Newcastle Hilton, a chauffeured limousine ride around the city and a visit to the aquarium.
Best of all, the little star was given a roll in an episode of BBC’s Tracy Beaker Returns, and spent a whole day getting to know the rest of the cast.
“She just loved it from beginning to end,” said Melanie Baker-Hunt, Molly’s mum. “She felt like a super star. Everybody made such a fuss of her and she got to meet Danielle Harmer, who plays Tracy.
“She was also given a drawing of herself and the cast by Nick Sharratt, who does the drawings for Jacqueline Wilson. We didn’t expect anything like that.”
Molly’s dream was made a reality by the charity, Make A Wish Foundation, that gives once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to children with serious illnesses.
Her parents decided to apply to the charity, following a course of radiotherapy that left Molly seriously unwell.
“She was just being sick all of the time and didn’t leave her room for about six weeks,” said Melanie. “Me and my husband wanted to find something to cheer her up.”
Molly was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer – the most aggressive form – in January this year. Doctors found her lungs were full of tumours and her kidneys were also affected. After having one of her kidneys removed, she underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy, meaning she lost all of her hair. But despite her struggle with the disease, she has remained cheerful and positive. “She spends so much time in hospital but she just gets on with it,” said Melanie. “She understands what is going on but she never complains.”
Alan Fairholm, Line Producer at Tracy Beaker Returns, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet Molly and welcome her to Tracy Beaker Returns. She’s a very courageous young girl and we hope that her day on set was an unforgettable one – she certainly made a lasting impression on us.”
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