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Cancer sufferer Fraja goes back to school
A GIRL who missed much of her first year of school while battling a rare form of cancer has returned to full-time lessons.
Fraja Simpson, five, has rejoined her class at RAF Leeming Community Primary School, near Bedale, in North Yorkshire, for the autumn term after consultants decided not to give her a further round of chemotherapy.
After discovering there had been only a couple of cases similar to Fraja's cancer in the world previously, medics concluded they would rather monitor her MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma cells as they may not grow.
Her mother, Michelle, said despite her daughter facing a series of scans in the coming months, the return to some kind of normality had been an emotional experience for the family.
Mrs Simpson said while Fraja had been able to read and write well last year, due to the amount of time she been in hospital, she was working hard to get back on track and hoped to restart swimming lessons and join a rainbow guides pack.
She said: "Fraja has definitely got her spark back, but going to back school has been like her first year in reception, she has not had the chance to develop her social skills.
"Cancer doesn't just effect your body, it effects your mind and it is all the other illnesses it drags with it." She said although the Fraja Ellie Appeal £500,000 drive to fund relapse treatment abroad had passed its £100,000 milestone, she wanted to raise the remaining money as quickly as possible.
Mrs Simpson said: "People see Fraja looking well and not receiving treatment, they believe she is okay and not needing funds any more. This is not the case.
"We are now in a more urgent situation to have the fundraising in place, in case she relapses. I do not ever want to be in a position that I can not get my daughter treatment because it all comes down to money we do not have in the bank."
North East fundraising group, Fighting Neuroblastoma, is organising a ball for the appeal at the Lancastrian Suite, in Gateshead, on Saturday, October 5, from 7.30pm,which will feature a meal, live music from Groove Allstars and an auction compered by veteran Emmerdale actor Chris Chittel.
There are 60 tickets, which cost £29.50, left for the event, which must be bought by tomorrow (September 20).
For details, call 0775-287-8492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Consett-based Buzzy Bees group of fundraisers will stage an Abba tribute night, featuring live music by A-Teaze, for the appeal on November 2, from 7pm, at Delves Lane Community Bar, in the town.
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