The courage of a Peterhead schoolgirl who has learned to walk again after she was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 17-months-old has been recognised with a special award from Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.
Nicole Millar (4) was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called neuroblastoma almost three years ago.
The youngster’s family were told she may never walk because the tumour had weaved its way through the vertebrae of her spine paralysing her from the chest down.
However, following hours of painstaking physiotherapy, Nicole defied expectations, proving to the world that she was on the move and on the road to recovery.
Nicole was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January 2013 and she went on to have surgery and chemotherapy over the next four months before she was given the news that she was cancer free.
Now, Nicole has received Cancer Research UK’s Kids & Teens Star Award in recognition for her bravery.
It was a tough time for Nicole, as well as for her parents, David and Lorna, and her sister Emma (7) who has also received a Kids & Teens certificate for being so supportive.
Nicole astounded the 600 supporters who turned out for this year’s Cancer Research UK Relay for Life at Catto Park in Peterhead.
Cheered on by her family, and using her sticks for support, Nicole toddled the 400m circuit, on a day that raised an amazing £150,000.
Nicole’s mum Lorna said: “I couldn’t have been more proud of Nicole that day, to see how far she had come was just amazing.
“It took her 40 minutes to walk around the track but she did it. She was so determined.
“There is no doubt in our minds that Nicole is a real hero and very much deserves her award.”
Dad David added: “We hope that by telling Nicole’s story we can offer other families some hope that it is possible to come through the other side.”