Ipswich: Little star Erin set to head to nursery despite battle against leukaemia

ADORABLE Erin Colley has overcome the odds in her fight against leukaemia and now the bright little star is set for her first day at nursery.

Erin, who is just three-years-old, was diagnosed with the brutal disease on August 26, 2011, when she was two-years-old.

After treatment at both Ipswich and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the tot is now undergoing intensive chemotherapy, despite being in remission. The brave youngster, who is on the road to recovery, still has two years of treatment ahead of her but today, it was hoped that she would be able to join her older sister’s Ellyse, ten, and Amelia, seven, on the school run for her first day at nursery.

“Erin has always wanted to be like her older sisters and carry her reading book bag to school,” proud mum Lisa Colley said.

The 39-year-old, of Spenser Road in Ipswich, said: “She has been looking forward to being like her big sisters, but when the nursery children started on February 8 she was too ill to go in because of her treatment.

“She is in the middle of eight weeks of very intensive chemotherapy. We knew it was coming, but it is making her feel very poorly.

“She’s been excited to go to nursery and we tried to take her in last week when all the other children started, but after a little while she turned to me and said ‘I need to go home’.

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“It’s horrible to see her so poorly but she is so brave.

“The school has been so amazing and so supportive. They have written to all the other parents to explain that they need to know if any children have illnesses or Chickenpox so that Erin is protected from it.”

It wasn’t until her parents noticed her tiny body was covered in bruises and her energy levels rapidly declined that they took her to the Deben Road doctor’s surgery.

Erin was urgently referred to Ipswich Hospital with fears she might have suffered a blood clot.

Doctors then diagnosed Erin with leukaemia the same day and transferred her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where she began chemotherapy the following day.

Family and friends have pulled together in support of Erin and have been busy raising funds to send her on a dream trip to Disneyland Paris.

So far, more than �1,880 has been raised, but Erin is unable to go on her trip until her treatment is complete in November 2013.

On February 18, The Bramford Cock is set to host a 70s disco which will raise money to buy Erin a Hickman Line wet suit.