Leah defies cancer to return to school

Leah, with her brother Jorndan on her first day back at school.
Seven year-old little fighter Leah Taaffe returned to school last week for the first time since she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.

Seven year-old little fighter Leah Taaffe returned to school last week for the first time since she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.

Having completed a gruelling course of chemotherapy followed by radiation treatment, her family are now awaiting doctors to decide the next course of action, which could involve the first class pupil travelling abroad.

“Leah started back school on Thursday morning, she was welcomed back to Robertstown National School by staff and pupils alike who were all delighted to see their student and classmate back in the school uniform,” explained her aunt Kym Kelly.

“Mammy and Daddy watched proudly as Leah was treated like royalty and was supervised by her big brother Jordan, who has taken on the task as minder in gentlemanly fashion. Whilst a little apprehensive, Leah’s mom Sabrina was assured by doctors in Crumlin and the Principal of Robertstown National School that Leah was indeed fit to return to school for a couple of hours a week, gradually increasing her time as the weeks go by. Leah had a great day and received her first homework since leaving school on Monday 5 November 2012.”

Meanwhile, the fund raising continues.

On Saturday 28, Supervalu in Sallins is hosting a sponsored Shave Day at 2pm with a local man volunteering to lose his locks. On Sunday 29, Kildare County Council has decided to turn its office at Aras Cill Dara in Naas gold at 5pm as part of a Light it up Gold ceremony.

This month is International Childhood cancer awareness month and the council has organised a special ceremony for all the children battling cancer in the Kildare.

“This gesture is a symbol that Kildare support these wonderful children and everyone is invited to show their support,” said Kym.