Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nice news for Christmas

Nice news and it is surprisingly in the red star.

One of the most endearing images from William and Kate's royal tour of Canada was of the Duchess giving a hug to a little girl stricken with cancer.

Six-year-old Diamond Marshall's wish to meet a real live princess came true.

Now, it appears another of Diamond's wishes is coming true. This week, she had surgery to remove tumours on her lungs as a result of a rare childhood cancer, undifferentiated sarcoma.

"We're calling this a miracle," said her dad, Lyall Marshall. "It's a Christmas miracle for our family. To say you're cancer free at this point and time is fabulous."

Diamond earned worldwide attention on July 7 as she greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Calgary airport. She had been selected to present a bouquet of flowers to Kate, the result of a letter she had written to her while in hospital undergoing treatment for the cancer that was diagnosed in February. The letter made its way to the Children's Wish Foundation, who made the girl's dream happen.

At the airport, Diamond forgot all about protocol and rushed to hug Kate -- who wrapped her arms around the little girl -- before retreating to her stepmother, flowers still in her hand. William and Kate went to the girl, bent down and spoke with her for a few minutes.

"They were just beyond lovely with her. What kind people,” Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi recalled at the time.

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