Some of you may have heard of Lily-Mae, a little girl who has a serious cancer, neuroblastoma. She was 4 years old when she learned the name of this disease, and she likes dinosaurs and ballet dancing. I first heard about her because both her parents are ballet dancers. Together with her uncle, they have changed my life. The updates about Lily-Mae and her treatments and progress are both heart-warming and devastating. No matter how sick she is, this little girl always has a smile on her face. It has been a year now since the diagnosis and in that time they have raised awareness and funding for neuroblastoma research. Lily-Mae even had her own single, Tiny Dancer, endorsed by Elton John, which reached number 1 on the charts. Whenever I feel fed up I think of Lily-Mae and how she keeps on fighting, and smiling - and how her parents and little brother keep on fighting, and smiling. I was honoured to be trusted to create something to remember Lily-Mae's first ballet shoes - and yes, they are tiny! I spent a lot of time thinking about this, and not really having the right papers for what I wanted to create - but then the new Enchanted Garden series from Kaisercraft came out recently and it was perfect. I'm just waiting for a frame to arrive in the post and it will be all ready to hand over.
If you would like to follow Lily-Mae's story, they have a facebook page - Tiny Dancer by a Song for Lily-Mae - and you can donate here. Please do!