The video of a 6-year-old girl Anya Ottley, battling cancer singing ‘Fight Song’ has gone viral and got a million views. She confidently took to the floor at a family friend’s wedding, singing and acting out Rachel Platten’s 2014 number one hit song last month.
Video Credit: Aidan Tiernan
Anya undergoes 28 grueling rounds of intensive chemotherapy at Manchester Children’s Hospital following a kidney cancer diagnosis in November 2017. She planned to sing the song and includes the lyrics ”this is my fight song, take back my life song, prove I’m alright song’ and decided to practice at the wedding reception.
Anya’s mother Kathryn from Bolton Greater Manchester, said: ”Anya is such an incredibly brave and beautiful little girl,”
”Her performance at the wedding brought a tear to my eye and to several others in the room. It was fantastic to watch her and it made me so proud.”
”She adores singing and she just wants to entertain all the time. She’s a huge Little Mix fan and dreams of meeting them one day.”
”When she started her treatment I promised her a ring-the-bell party when she gets better and told her she could sing at it.”
”Anya asked me what the song should be and we thought about ‘Fight Song’, which fits really well,”
”She wanted to sing at the wedding and I told her it would be a good time to practice it for her party.”
”Anya makes YouTube videos and gets excited when she tells me she’s had 19 views, so to tell her one of her videos has more than one million views, she didn’t really know what to say.”
Kathryn first noticed something was wrong when active and energetic Anya became extremely tired after a party last November and her mechanic dad Andy noticed a lump on her tummy as she lay on the sofa.
Blood tests and an MRI at Royal Bolton Hospital confirmed that she had a giant cancerous tumor in her stomach measuring 14.5cm by 9cm by 7cm – around the size of a small melon.
She was taken to Manchester Children’s Hospital, which confirmed a diagnosis of Wilms’ tumor, a type of kidney cancer, on November 17 and started chemotherapy that day. The treatment was successful, shrinking the tumor to half its size, but since January 27 Anya has been having chemotherapy every Monday to kill the tumor completely.
Kathryn said: ”Until Anya was very tired and I saw that lump in her tummy there were no symptoms at all.”
”You couldn’t see it when she stood up, it was only clear when she lay down. We didn’t even see it on holiday in the October half-term holiday, despite how big it was.”
”It was about the size of a small melon.”
”I’m so glad we caught it when we did otherwise we might be telling a very different story right now, I dare not think about it really.”
”I tried to stay really calm for her when she was admitted to Manchester because I didn’t want her to see me get upset.”
”She knew something was wrong and she did ask me if she was going to die, which was heartbreaking, but I told her she wouldn’t and she’s been so incredibly brave and strong.”
”She even takes the chemotherapy in her stride. It makes her sick but she tells me it’s not too bad for her and those other children on the ward are much sicker.”
”She is really caring like that.”
Now Anya is continuing her school work at home as it is difficult for her to be in class because of her low immune system. She refuses to wear wig given to her by the Little Princess Trust, as she doesn’t want to hide her cancer.
Her family is raising money for the Little Princess Trust and Manchester Children’s Hospital and have raised nearly £20,000.
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