Tara's story

04 April 2014
Tara McCarthy
Tara was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005 and in March 2013, was given the all clear. This is her story.

"Hello my name is Tara McCarthy I’m ten years old.

Just before Christmas 2005 I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Over the next two years, I spent time in and out of hospital receiving treatment for the cancer.

Finally in March 2013 I was given the all clear and told the leukaemia had gone away.

I still visit Great Ormond Street Hospital for check ups where I always pop into the playroom - still my favourite place - to say hello. Today I am a very busy girl. I love being a brownie, riding my bike, swimming, acting and dancing. But I especially love playing with my friends.

A family of fundraisers

Tara and her Uncle Kieran. Kieran ran the London Marathon for Children with Cancer UK.This is me with my Uncle Kieran who took part in the London Marathon in 2013 and raised an amazing £30,000 for Children with Cancer UK.

Thank you to all those who generously donated.

Both my parents have run the marathon in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Donations have so far totalled £50,000!

(November 2013)

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