Bringing Magic into Aimee’s Life
Aimee is fighting
leukaemia for the second time in her young life. The disease – acute
lymphoblastic leukaemia the most common type of childhood leukaemia
- first reared its head in 2000 when she was just five. Following
two and half years of gruelling chemotherapy and almost a year
off treatment, Aimee and her family thought the disease was finally
behind them. They had celebrated the best Christmas that the family
had enjoyed for some time, when they were devastated with the news
a few days later at the beginning of 2004 that the leukaemia had
Nine year old Aimee
Butler loves fairies.
Like any other girl of her age Aimee has searched for fairies at
the bottom of her garden. And fairies do indeed live in the bottom
of Aimee’s garden … and many, many more besides live
in her house too.
Aimee’s world of fairies has a special and unique place in
her young life – on the front-line in her battle with childhood
leukaemia. Aimee was first diagnosed with leukaemia when she was
five. Following two and a half years of chemotherapy and almost a
year off treatment, suddenly and expectedly Aimee suffered a devastating
relapse at the beginning of 2004.
Throughout 2004 fairies from around the world – in all shapes,
sizes and disguises - have been by her side through the endless rounds
of treatments needed to bring the cancer back into remission.
In the spring they flew in droves to help cheer her when – weakened
by chemotherapy - she developed pneumonia.
In the summer they sprinkled her with fairy dust when a worldwide
search for a bone marrow donor found her a much needed one-in-a-million
As autumn approached ever more globe trotting fairies endowed with
fairy healing gathered around her as she went through a bone marrow
transplant to fulfil fairies wishes for a new life full of fun, laughter
and good health.
Below are just three images
sent to Aimee by artists from around the world
to help her during
her post operation recovery