A SCHOOLGIRL who became one of the youngest people in the world to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has had her long locks cut off to help a two-year-old cancer sufferer.
Nine-year-old Lucy Wood had 14in chopped off her hair, which is past her waist, in order to help Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma.
The Mail has previously reported that Bradley, who turned two 10 days ago and lives with parents Gemma and Carl Lowery and 11-year-old brother Kieran, in Blackhall, is fighting a rare cancer, which affects only one in 100 children a year.
He is being treated at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), where Lucy, from Peterlee, also receives treatment for MS.
Her mum, Sharon Wood, a 43-year-old former Boots healthcare assistant who is now Lucy’s full-time carer, said: “She has been wanting to get it cut for charity since she was seven. She heard about Bradley and that he was in ‘her’ hospital.
“She went to visit him and took him a present and when we were walking along the corridor to get her treatment, she said ‘I’m going to get my hair cut soon for Bradley’, it just came out of the blue.
“Within two weeks or so we had nearly £1,000 in sponsorship.”
Lucy, a pupil at Dene House Primary School, in Peterlee whose grandmother is Peterlee town councillor Lillian Wood, had her hair cut on Saturday at Reflex Hair Design, in the town.
The Mail has previously reported that Lucy, who lives in O’Neill Drive with Sharon and dad Stuart, 44, who is an estates manager for East Durham Homes, and sister Katie, was just five when she was diagnosed with MS, the same disease her father suffers from.
Lucy suffers from actively aggressive remitting MS and was one of the youngest people in the world to be prescribed tsyabri, an adult medication which can cause a brain disease, after consultations with international medical experts.
At her worst she suffered blindness and was unable to walk or sit up, but the treatment appears to be working.
She receives injections of the drug at the RVI every four weeks through infusions in her chest.
Sharon said: “She has just had the results back of a yearly MRI scan and there are no scar lesions on her brain.”
Her hair will be used to make wigs for cancer patients through the Little Princess Trust.
“She’s just such a selfless little girl,” added proud Sharon. “I know how draining it can be on families to be in hospital and we wanted to help.”
There is still time to sponsor Lucy, by calling (0191) 58724761.