Published: 00:00, 17 July 2014 |
Updated: 11:29, 17 July 2014
A couple's world collapsed when they discovered their beautiful toddler had cancer.
Brave Abbie Paice was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2012 when she was just two years old.
Now three-and-a-half and thriving, the blue-eyed youngster has been in remission for a year.
And to give back to the charity that supported them throughout their ordeal, parents Mike and Lisah are organising a fundraising football match.
A team of Ali Gs are set to take on a group of girls in 80s neon as part of the fancy dress six-a-side tournament in aid of CLIC Sargent.
It will take place at The Pavilion field in Chartham next month, and little Abbie will be the guest of honour.
Her short life has been a series of gruelling chemotherapy sessions and hospital trips since the devastating diagnosis four days before Christmas 2012.
She was initially taken to the doctors after her parents noticed she was limping and finding it difficult to walk.
After extensive tests, they were given the news that she had leukaemia and would need an emergency blood and platelet transfusion.
But last summer, the couple were relieved to be told Abbie was finally in remission.
A year on, she is still undergoing courses of treatment to keep the cancer at bay and stop it from spreading, but her blonde hair has grown back and she is like any other playful little girl.
Mr Paice, who gave up his job as a lorry driver to care for Abbie, said: "She's doing really well. She's on maintenance chemo every day and goes into hospital every four weeks, but all her hair has grown back.
"She'll have to continue treatment until February or March next year."
The Paices have asked friends and family members to wear fancy dress and form teams to take part in the tournament, which kicks off at noon on Saturday, August 10.
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