20th July 2004
From Rosie Butler (Aimee’s Mum)
I’m not sure how much you know of the many acts of kindness of the artists of Water Colour Fairies have brought to my daughter nine year old Aimee throughout the past six months as she fought against the leukaemia which has blighted her young life since the age of five. It is a wonderful tribute to Aimee’s deep and abiding love of fairies that this new book should be dedicated to her, and sincere and grateful thanks are due to David and Myrea for taking Aimee under their wings at a time when she was very seriously ill and fighting against the odds.
David kindly gifted Aimee the Art of Faery book shortly after she was unexpectedly and suddenly diagnosed with a relapse in January this year. The months of January, February and March were particularly dark. To help cheer Aimee David asked his fairy artist friends if they could help send fairy kisses and fairy pictures to Aimee – it was the start of a most amazing response from around the world and we regard these wonderful people as dear friends who we keep in touch with to update them on Aimee’s progress. Without their inspiring gifts and their constant love and support Aimee’s light would have been much dimmed over this difficult time.
Although we succeeded in getting Aimee’s leukaemia into remission a second time we suffered a double blow with the news that Aimee needed to a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible to have a real chance of beating the disease but that at the same time she had a very rare tissue type and with no match within the family she had a one in a million chance of finding a match. Miraculously and against these incredible odds a donor has been found for Aimee and she will start the transplant process on August 4th 2004
I would like to say thank you to those people who are regular blood donors and help people to think about being a bone marrow donor – just as David has done for us on Aimee’s web page on his fairiesworld website.
We thank God for that one very special person who has the potential to give Aimee a new life and also had the knowledge and the motivation to become a bone marrow donor and would wish with all our hearts that families in a similar situation with a dearly loved family member – whether this is child or adult – has a same chance.
If you want to write or send messages of encouragement to Aimee the address is
York Hill Children’s Hospital
G3 8SJ Rosie Butler