TEENAGE cancer survivor Lydia Wasley has launched a campaign to raise £10,000 to buy a blade to replace her prosthetic limb after losing a leg to the disease.
Lydia, 13, from Elmbridge, was diagnosed last summer with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Doctors soon identified the cause of severe pain in her left leg and amputated it from the knee down last summer. Her treatment also led to hair loss. She is now in remission but will receive regular check-ups as osteosarcoma can return in other bones or in the lungs.
Lydia, a pupil at High School for Girls, said: “It was really hard losing all my hair but by the time I was told I needed my leg amputated I was getting used to difficult news. I’ve felt tired a lot and miss my friends. I actually asked to go to school this week because I was so bored at home. The worst part of my illness has been that I have had to rely on people so much. I have not been independent. It was not that I was sporty before my illness but I did love trampolining. I just want to be able to do the things my friends do.”
But now friends are taking on a challenge to raise £10,000. Although she was fitted with a prosthetic limb in February this year, the money will buy Lydia a high-tech blade replacement to let her be more active.
Lydia said: “A blade is lighter, more flexible and comfortable. It will help me to run and be more active.”
One anonymous well-wisher even donated a computer tablet to Lydia with a note saying it was to help her to keep in touch with friends.
Members of the congregation of the family’s church in Hucclecote, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are planning a Land’s End to John O’Groats relay cycle ride in July to raise funds. Joining the team will be Lydia’s dad Tony and her brother Alex, 15.
Lydia’s mum Hazel, a police officer, said: “Tears were shed when we heard the diagnosis and what it would mean. We walked away from the hospital in shock but very soon after Lydia told us she was not going to let this stop her. We have been so overwhelmed by all the support and kind gestures from people.”
The team needs help with fuel for the support vehicle and provisions. To donate, visit fundrazr.com//fhlW3