Lulu Blundell was forced to embark on ‘brutal’ chemotherapy before having her lower leg amputated – the courageous young lady, now 18, who raised £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, has a Christmas wish through Mirror Christmas Appeal partner Make-A-Wish UK
Music fan Lulu Blundell spent her early teens dashing between swimming lessons and rugby matches to live gigs.
Then aged 15, on the day of her first GCSE exam in May 2019, she learned she had Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
“I remember thinking, I hope they don’t cancel our holiday – because I thought I’d be fine in a few weeks. It was disbelief,” recalls Lulu, now 18.
Mum Carolyn, 53, says: “Lulu had been complaining of a pain in her lower leg and she was referred for a biopsy.”
Treated at Weston Park Hospital, in Sheffield, she embarked on intensive chemotherapy. “It was scary,” says Lulu, whose dad is teacher Stephen, 54.
“Lulu was there five days in a row, 24 hours a day getting chemo,” says executive head teacher Carolyn. “It was brutal. She’d have five days, then a week off, another five, then a week off, for 10 months. She is extraordinary.”
By Jason Beattie
For the majority of families this Christmas will be a joyous time of presents, food and fun.
But for some children the festive season will be very different.
Across the country there are more than 63,000 young people who are critically ill.
Many will be spending what should be a special time of the year in hospital.
Others will have to have treatment, scans or blood tests.
With your help we can give them a Christmas that they will always remember.
This year’s Mirror Christmas Appeal is raising funds for Make-A-Wish UK that helps seriously ill young people make their dreams come true.
It could be they want to meet their hero or heroine or feed an animal at the zoo or travel to see Santa in Lapland.
The money raised could help Joshua, six, who has severe epilepsy, achieve his wish of a bedroom makeover or Summer, also six, who has acute leukaemia and dreams of a bouncy castle.
Each year Make-A-Wish helps hundreds of critically ill children achieve their lifetime’s ambition.
But to make a wish come true takes an army of volunteers, supporters and donors.
That’s why every penny you donate could make a difference.
Granting a wish can transform a child’s life. It gives them something to look forward to.
For others it provides a special memory which makes the treatment they need more bearable.
It can also help their parents who, despite doing everything they can for their sick child, feel it is not enough.
Jason Suckley, Make-A-Wish UK chief executive, said: “I met the family of a boy who was recovering from brain surgery.
“His grandmother told me how difficult it had been for her to watch her daughter struggle with the challenges of her son’s condition.
“But while they were enjoying his wish together, her daughter turned to her and said, ‘There is still magic in this world isn’t there mum?’ .
“That’s just one instance that illustrates how the power of a wish lies in sharing positive memories with loved ones.
“Every donation from Mirror readers will help us create those memories – bringing joy to ill children and their families during the darkest of times.”
In October 2019, Lulu had her lower left leg amputated at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham.
“Lulu ended up in high dependency, and six or seven times we thought we might lose her,” says Carolyn.
Thankfully, Lulu, whose brother Seth is 17 months younger, pulled through. “I’d known from when I was diagnosed it was going to be amputated, it was the best option,” Lulu says.
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Her mum adds: “Three weeks after her amputation she went to a Liam Gallagher gig.”
The chemo ended in January 2020. She started an English degree at Newcastle University in September but she still needs scans every 12 weeks.
Lulu, who raised £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, would love a Fender guitar, through Mirror Christmas Appeal partner Make-A-Wish UK.
“I love music so much and played the piano,” she says. “I’d love to have my own guitar for something fun to do.”
Her mum adds: “After everything she’s been through, and the bravery she’s shown in helping to raise money, we’d love to make that wish come true.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.