Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Day Kylie Was So Lucky, Lucky, Lucky to Meet Our Ruby

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Day Kylie Was So Lucky, Lucky, Lucky to Meet Our Ruby

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Byline: Dave Robson Senior Reporter

IT'S an experience which would leave most of us spinning around with excitement - but little Ruby Hodgson took meeting pop princess Kylie in her stride.

The Redcar five-year-old's battle with a recurring brain stem tumour has been as inspirational as it is humbling.

And it's been a special week for Ruby, who recently completed 30 treatments at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital after her tumour returned for the third time.

For not only did she return to join her classmates at Wheatlands Primary School, she also got to meet Kylie Minogue at an event organised by the DreamMaker Foundation from the Disney film Frozen at her magical fifth birthday party.

|charity. The foundation, founded by Les Hoey MBE, was set up to make the lives of children fighting serious illness easier and happier.

|Brain tumour battler |Ruby even got to sing with the characters, right and above right. Ruby, also left, had previously met them during her treatment at the RVI, above left For the past six weeks, Redcar's Ruby Hodgson and her family have been travelling up and down to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle each weekday for her daily dose of radiotherapy. Her 30 treatments, which ended yesterday, were needed after a brain stem tumour returned for a third time - despite proton therapy treatment in the USA. But even though her birthday fell during her current treatment, Ruby wasn't going to pass up the chance to meet - and sing with - the Disney characters she adores. And during the heartwarming party at Stock-warming Stock ton's Fun Shack, Ruby was even gently coaxed into a spot of Frozen karaoke. Dad Wayne said: "She loved it. She was hyper all day, knowing that the princesses were coming to her party.

TED "She loved singing along with the songs. And when she sang Let It Go with them, and they passed her the microphone, it was a lovely moment. There wasn't a dry eye in the house."

ALL "A" RATED WINDOWS GARAGE DOORS GARDEN ROOMS DOORS FACIAS & SOFFITS CONSERVATORIES & ROOF REPLACEMENTS Wayne said the treatment on Ruby's fingernailsized tumour seems to have gone as planned. He added: "She's been a bit tired and grumpy during it, as you'd expect, but she has done really well. "All the travelling there and back has been really hard too."

cases at school. But now Ruby's treatment is finished, hopefully she can soon be back with her pals and in lessons. By having the new TomoTherapy - a special form of re-radiating therapy which has only recently been made available - Ruby has become a UK pioneer. Wayne added: "We were quite fortunate with her being the first person in the UK to be reradiated. A few months ago, it wouldn't have happened."

www.TERRY DICKEN.01642 710 All Major Credit Cards Accepted " It wasn't the first time Ruby had met the Frozen duo. …

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