Friends conquer mountain for brave Dalton youngster Charlotte

8 August 2017 1:57PM

A YOUNG "trouper" was honoured as a dedicated group of fundraisers took on a mountainous challenge.

Charlotte Munro, 11, of Dalton, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma earlier this year.

Joined by family and friends, her cousin Cassie led the group up Scafell Pike to raise money for Macmillan nurses.

She said: "Charlotte really is so bubbly and upbeat about it all. She's just a massive inspiration to everyone she meets.

"We're all sitting here upset about it and she's so brave. She's a trouper and doesn't moan about it or let it get her down."

"We're all sitting here upset about it and she's so brave. She's a trouper and doesn't moan about it or let it get her down.

"She's going through chemotherapy at the moment but you wouldn't think there was anything wrong."

The group hoped to raise £1,000 with the challenge.

Miss Munro said: "A group of us have decided to try and raise some money for the hugely undervalued work of the Macmillan nurses because they've been great with Charlotte.

"We were hoping to raise £1,000, which is enough to support a nurse for a whole week. We wanted to support them to show some appreciation.

"It went better than we thought and we've raised over £1,500 so far and it's still going up.

"We would be so grateful is anyone could donate."

Setting off on July 16, Miss Munro was happy with the day's work, having had the initial idea to set it up.

She said: "It was really difficult but we all managed to finish it in about two-and-a-half hours.

"It was hard but we all had a really fun, family day out. I wouldn't have been able to do it alone."

The Year Six pupil at George Romney Junior School was delighted with her cousin's exploits.

Miss Munro said: "It was really nice to see everyone come together and it's a really good accomplishment. Charlotte was absolutely made up about it all. She has been so poorly lately so she really appreciated it all."

What is osteosarcoma?

A RARE type of bone cancer, osteosarcoma usually develops in growing bones.

While teenagers and young adults are commonly at risk, around 30 children are diagnosed with osteosarcoma each year in the UK.

One of the most common forms of bone cancer, it can affect any bone in the body, with the most common sites being the arms or legs, particularly around the knee.

Most people with the cancer will have a range of treatments, including surgery to remove the tumour or radiotherapy. Chemotherapy is also used prior to surgery.

While the symptoms of osteosarcoma can vary depending on the position of the cancer and size, many sufferers experience pain or tenderness in the area.

It can also be discovered following a weakened bone breaking after a minor fall or accident.

While the survival rate has increased in recent years to 65 per cent, it remains among the lowest of all childhood cancers.

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