Published: 05:00, 14 October 2021
A 15-year-old girl took on a charity trek up the highest mountain in Wales for her little brother who beat cancer.
Milly Lucas, of Holmside Avenue, Halfway, walked up Snowdon at the weekend with her dog Max to support the Emily Ash Trust, which supported her family when they were struggling to cope.
Milly’s brother Harry was diagnosed with leukaemia in July 2015, when he was just three years old, and has been battling the disease ever since.
The Lucas family have had many dark days since then with Harry enduring a gruelling four years of chemotherapy.
Milly and Harry’s mum, Rachel Lucas, said: “Milly wanted to do something as way of thanks to the Emily Ash Trust for their support over the past six years.
"Before they came into our lives, it’s fair to say that, as a family, we were struggling.
“The NHS did an incredible job saving the life of our son, but Emily Ash focussed on saving our family as a whole, which we’ll be forever grateful for.”
Mrs Lucas, a sales supervisor at Sheppey Leisure Complex in Sheerness, said Harry – who is now nine and goes to Halfway Houses Primary School – was “doing well” but he still needed regular check-ups to ensure the cancer does not return.
She added: “During treatment he lost the ability to be able to walk, so he still needs to work hard to be able to achieve daily tasks, and he suffered a lot of nerve damage from chemo killing off nerve endings so this comes with challenges but he pushes through daily and has a very positive outlook.
“As he says all the time these days – ‘If I can beat cancer, I can achieve anything’.”
Milly and Max, a two-year-old cockapoo, set off up 1,085m Mount Snowdon on Sunday and their trek took about six hours in total.
So far, the duo have raised more than £1,500 for the Emily Ash Trust.
The trust helps children who are suffering from leukaemia and cancer, and members of their family who are in need, hardship or distress while supporting such children.
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