Mold family overwhelmed by 'Lap for Lauren'


Staff reporter

MORE than 140 people joined forces to support a Flintshire girl battling two types of blood cancer.

Children, parents and staff from Ysgol Bryn Gwalia, took part in a sponsored walk around Mold on Saturday to support seven-year-old Lauryn Robinson and her family.

Lauryn, from Mold, is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy to treat both acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and Burkitts non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The group has raised about £1,500 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where Lauryn has been treated for the last six weeks.

Family friend, Non Jones, said she organised the event, ‘Lap for Lauryn’, to raise money for causes “close to Lauryn and her family’s hearts”.

She said the facilities and care available at Alder Hey has allowed the family to stay together throughout the last six weeks, while Lauryn has been treated.

Therefore all money raised will be donated to the hospital’s Oncology Unit and Ronald McDonald ward.

Ms Jones described Saturday’s turn out as ‘overwhelming’.

She said: “It was an amazing turnout. I had asked everyone to wear something yellow as it is Lauryn’s favourite colour.

“We also tied yellow ribbons around the route so everyone knew where they were going.”

The group walked from Bryn Gwalia school, towards McDonald’s, where all the children were given a balloon.

The group finished the event by enjoying a picnic.

Ms Jones added: “Without that facility at Alder Hey they might not have been able to stay together as a family.

“We know how much it has meant to them and we wanted to do something to help them.”

The ordeal has already caused Lauryn to stop breathing once, but the Ysgol Bryn Gwalia pupil is determined to battle on.

Her mother, Emma Robinson, said consultants at Alder Hey have not yet found any other child worldwide who has suffered both illnesses simultaneously.

The condition, known as dual-hit leukaemia, is extremely rare even in adults – medical studies hosted online refer to 27 confirmed cases with an average age of 51.

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