Student who faced child cancer is giving back by volunteering
A bright and outgoing young year 13 student, it’s hard to believe that Petra once faced life-threatening cancer. In 2007 at the age of five, a stage four Wilms tumour the size of a brick was discovered on Petra’s right kidney. A small tumour was also found on her lung. The affected kidney was removed and she had radiotherapy and chemotherapy to stop the spread of the cancer.
Petra remained cheerful and upbeat throughout her treatment and in 2009 became Child Cancer Foundation’s ‘Face of the Appeal’ - Child Cancer Foundation’s biggest annual fundraising event.
12 years on Petra’s involved in the event in a different way, hitting the streets armed with collection buckets alongside friends from school raising donations for Child Cancer Foundation. Petra is generally well and is due to finish school in 2020.
“I felt so well supported throughout my cancer experience I want to give back through volunteering. My cancer was tough but it was also a positive experience for me as it made me who I am today. If I can try and give back in some small way by volunteering, then that’s what I’ll do and continue to do for many years to come.” Says Petra