Brave teen to carry flame

Olivia Ford has been selected to carry the olympic torch.
Olivia Ford has been selected to carry the olympic torch.

AN inspirational teen who suffers from a life-threatening illness will make history next month when she proudly carries the Olympic Torch through Chesterfield.

Olivia Ford, 15, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis shortly after she was born, will carry the iconic flame through the town ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games in London.

The brave teen, of Dronfield Woodhouse, is one of 11 remarkable torchbearers chosen to take part in the historic spectacle in Chesterfield on Friday, June 29.

Olivia, who takes 60 tablets every day, said: “I can’t believe I’ll get to carry the Olympic Torch – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The budding performer was nominated for the honour by her proud mum, Sarah.

She said: “Olivia wakes up with a smile on her face everyday, determined to live a normal life.

“When I read the advert to nominate inspirational people to carry the flame, I knew she was perfect for the job – she inspires me everyday.”

Olivia was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, which affects more than 9,000 people across the UK, when she was just six-weeks-old.

The condition affects internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, making it hard to breathe and digest food.

But despite the illness, inspirational Olivia, who receives gruelling treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, said: “I’m proud to have cystic fibrosis.

“If I can cope with this, I can cope with anything.”

Dr Ina Aldag, a specialist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, said: “Olivia is so positive about her cystic fibrosis and so compliant with her treatment even though it is very time consuming.

“Everyone will be rooting for Olivia when she’s carrying the torch.”

The flame is travelling across the country in the run-up to the Olympic Games, which start on July 27.

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