Brave Bailey looks to the future

DOUBLE cancer sufferer Bailey Coppack has celebrated the end of gruelling radiotherapy treatment.

The 13-year-old, of Mirfield, held a party for family and friends last Saturday after completing treatment on a brain tumour.

She now has to wait until June for a scan to confirm that the radiotherapy has been successful.

Castle Hall Academy pupil Bailey has both a brain tumour and leukaemia at odds of millons to one.

The leukaemia is thankfully in remission but the brain tumour, a Pilocytic Astrocytoma, spread to her spine recently.

That led to more radiotherapy, which has just been completed and has left Bailey completely drained.

Step-father Graham Ellis said: “Bailey is a tough girl but towards the end of the radiotherapy she was reaching her physical limits.

“Bailey doesn’t complain, but for the last couple of weeks she’s felt sick most days and is quite weak.

“What we need to do now is build up her mental and physical strength and get her feeling like she’s on the mend.”

The party was held at Huddersfield Town’s Canalside training ground after the club’s home match against Hull City.

The football club were among many groups and individuals who raised cash for her family to go with her to the USA for treatment on the brain tumour.

The tumour is wrapped around her brain stem and the only method of combating its spread is proton therapy, which is not currently available in Britain.

Soon after finishing the proton therapy Bailey was diagnosed with leukaemia after feeling tired and sick for weeks.

Graham and her mother Lisa Coppack, both 42, and Bailey’s sister Ellie, 12, and brother Jamie, three, have been with her throughout.

He added: “It’s been a rollercoaster year with good news and setbacks. Now we just want to get back to some kind of normality.

“Cancer has completely taken over our lives. We’ve had to deal with it but now we must start to live as normal a life as possible.”

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