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'Amazing' Lauryn inspires Mold pupils in Race for Life event

Published date: 06 May 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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A YOUNG girl suffering from two forms of cancer joined fellow pupils at her school for a fundraising race.

Lauryn Robinson, eight, watched as the youngsters from Ysgol Bryn Gwalia in Mold took part in the Race For Life.

Children and teachers donned fancy dress for the event, which helps raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Lauryn, the only child in the world to be suffering from two forms of leukaemia, was happy to come along and lend a hand.

Her mum, Emma, 34, said: “Lauryn helped with keeping track of how many laps people had done and also handed out medals.

“She really enjoyed the day. It was fantastic.”

Dawn Bayliss, assistant head at the school, said early estimates indicated the school had raised close to £1,000 for the charity.

“It is fantastic. We’re absolutely delighted,” she said.

“It was great to see Lauryn there as well, supporting from the sidelines.

“This is the first time that we have done the Race for Life, but with Lauryn being at the school we felt the Race for Life was most appropriate and hopefully we will do it again because everyone loved it.”

Mrs Robinson said that despite her illness, Lauryn had been enjoying a range of exciting experiences.

Lauryn, a massive fan of 90s music, has watched the Backstreet Boys perform live in Manchester – and even got the chance to sing into the microphone.

Mrs Robinson said: “While we were in the crowd, some people from New York gave up their VIP passes and we were right up by the stage with them.

“She got Nick Carter’s plectrum and when they put the mic’ into the crowd she got to sing.”

Mrs Robinson said Lauryn had also been given backstage passes for A1’s performance at Chester Rocks.

She met the band earlier this year after they reformed as part of the ITV show, The Reunion – and the band members have since stayed in touch with her.

There are also plans in the pipeline for Lauryn, a huge Formula 1 fan, to meet with racing driver Max Chilton.

Mrs Robinson said: “She has an ability to make people fall in love with her – a lot of the people she meets stay in touch.”

Lauryn spent 19 weeks at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool being treated for lymphoblastic leukaemia and Burkitts non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Lauryn returned home to Mold in October after her chemotherapy and had been doing well in remission.

But late last year doctors told Lauryn and her family the cancer had returned in the form of a brain tumour.

Cancer was also found to have returned to her bone marrow.

Mrs Robinson said: “There’s no change in her treatment and there is still nothing that can be done but she is continuing to do well and think positive.

“She has always got a smile on her face. She really is amazing.”

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