Brave Mold girl loses battle with cancer


David Humphreys

A BRAVE youngster has lost her battle against two forms of cancer.

Lauryn Robinson, eight, died at her home in Mold on Sunday morning after a year long fight against two forms of leukaemia.

The Ysgol Bryn Gwalia pupil was the only child in the world to be suffering from the extremely rare blood cancers.

Lauryn’s mother and father, Emma and Andrew, paid tribute to their “amazing” daughter.

Emma said: “Lauryn was our whole world, she was our best friend.

“She was so considerate, thoughtful of others, funny and just an amazing person.

“She never followed the crowd, she loved what she loved.”

Lauryn’s battle began in July last year when she was diagnosed with both acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and Burkitts non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The courageous youngster vowed to battle on and spent 19 weeks undergoing treatment at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool before entering remission and returning home in October 2013.

She was dealt a cruel blow just two months later after doctors discovered the cancer had returned in the form of a brain tumour and was also present in her bone marrow.

Lauryn’s fight inspired dozens of regular people who took on challenges to raise money for cancer charities.

Lauryn’s determination also caught the eye of numerous famous faces who offered their support, including the pop groups A1 and the Backstreet Boys at the Chester Rocks music festival as well as Formula One driver Max Chilton.

Lauryn, who was a huge F1 fan, had been due to meet Max at Silverstone race circuit in Northamptonshire this week ahead of the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Her father Andrew said: “Nurses said to us, within 10 minutes, you just fell in love with Lauryn.

“A man at the Backstreet Boys gig we went to felt the same after talking to her, he gave up his VIP passes to her and bought her gifts too.

“People just fell in love with her.”

Emma added: “We just had six months of wonderful time together. She’d met A1 twice, met the Backstreet Boys twice.

“We just had fun with her. Lauryn never asked why and the consultants were amazed at just how far she’d come.

“She was very happy, making us laugh every day and we looked to her for strength.”

Her father Andrew thanked his colleagues at P&A garden centre and factory outlet in Mold, where Lauryn loved visiting, for their support.

He added: “We couldn’t have got through this without them.”

Treats at the garden centre cafe that Lauryn loved have since been made in her memory.

Dilwyn Jones, headteacher at Bryn Gwalia, where Lauryn was a pupil, said: “There is a darkness that has descended over the Bryn Gwalia community with the sad loss of Lauryn, one of our pupils. Our deepest respect and sympathy is with Lauryn’s family and friends at the loss of such a precious child.

“The children, and indeed the whole school community have struggled to comprehend why someone so young and so special should have to die. In this we have been well supported by bereavement social workers from Hope House Hospice.

“Lauryn was filled with life and enjoyed everything entertaining, especially singing and dancing. Her favourites were Steps and Backstreet Boys and not forgetting Formula 1 racing.

“She was the kindest of children who shared a special bond with a close group of friends. They have completed a memory box in school to capture memories and feelings and have written: ‘We miss you so much, we will never forget you, you will never be replaced, you are the bravest girl in the world’.

‘I will never forget you, you will be in our hearts forever’.

Mr Jones added “There is a glimmer of light in the gloom of grief that helps us to remember Lauryn as the brave girl who endured so much in her short life, to remember how we should live in whatever time we have left, with humour, friendship and resilience.

“This is Lauryn’s legacy and it will live on in those fortunate enough to have known her.”

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