Dream trip with flame

Launch of Race for Life in Blackpool, which this year will have a new route along the seafront, by Kim Rossall, 20, from Thornton, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer but will be guest of honour at this year's Blackpool Race for Life. She is hoping to be able to take part in the event in the summer but it will depend on her illness.
Launch of Race for Life in Blackpool, which this year will have a new route along the seafront, by Kim Rossall, 20, from Thornton, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer but will be guest of honour at this year's Blackpool Race for Life. She is hoping to be able to take part in the event in the summer but it will depend on her illness.
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A COURAGEOUS cancer patient was one of four inspirational youngsters picked to travel on board a tram with the Olympic flame.

Kim Rossall, 21, from Thornton, has battled the rare form of cancer Ewings Sarcoma since she was aged 18 and after gruelling and extensive treatment has been told the cancer is incurable.

She was nominated to travel with the torch between Rossall and Cleveleys by her father, who knew how much it would mean to the former athlete to be a part of the Olympic Games.

Kim, a former Baines School pupil, said: “My dad tried really, really, really hard for this, he knew how much it would mean to me to go on the tram and hold the torch.

“I used to be really sporty, I played netball and took part in a lot of athletics competitions, but when I was diagnosed and had to have my operations it all went out of the window, it broke my heart I couldn’t do it any more, it still does.

“I have been so excited, I was overwhelmed when my dad told me, I have been a part of the Olympic Games, that is huge for me.”

Kim was joined by 13-year-old Neave Mitchell, who herself battled a rare form of cancer and had to learn to walk all over again.

Neave was nominated by her mum Annamarie, of Manor Drive, Cleveleys. She said: “She was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma – tumour of the muscles – aged 10 and has gone through a lot in the last three years – I thought she deserved it.”

Milly Kay, eight, a pupil at Northfold Primary School, was born with a genetic condition that left her unable to walk and with speech problems.

Her mum, Katie Allen, of Cleveleys, wanted her to take part in the once in a life time experience.

She said: “Milly just gets on with it, she goes to a mainstream school, she swims every Sunday and plays wheelchair basketball.”

The last of the competition winners selected by Wyre Council, was Lauren Gowland, 17, of Hambleton.

An aspiring athlete, Lauren won the 3K event at the Lancashire Championships this month and would love to compete in the Olympics.

She said: “To hold the torch has been unbelievable, an amazing experience, and we have been able to keep dry on the tram.”

Mayor of Wyre Don Lawrenson said: “It has been a fantastic day and it has been lovely meeting all these wonderful people.”