Diagnosed with Leukaemia when she was just one, three year old Erin from Camberley, Surrey, hasn’t had the easiest start in life. But the one thing she looked forward to during her gruelling bouts of chemotherapy was seeing her favourite dancer every week on Strictly Come Dancing, Erin Boag - or ‘Big Erin’ as she calls her. She particularly loves Erin’s sparkly dresses!
So, it was clear that Erin's wish was to meet her idol, and we were happy to arrange a grand day out for her. Picked up and taken to the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury, Erin (along with Mum Christina, Dad Jeroen, and six year old sister Caitlyn) was whisked straight to the dressing rooms.
Erin was beside herself when in walked Erin Boag and her dancing partner, Anton Du Beke, who made a royal fuss of the sisters and even gave them both a beautiful sparkly bracelet! Erin and her family then settled down to watch Anton and Erin go to Hollywood, before returning backstage with the dancing duo to see all the dresses Erin had worn during the performance.
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Erin was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in July 2010 after falling ill whilst on holiday in Scotland. After having numerous tests and blood transfusions in first Inverness and then Glasgow, she was eventually air ambulanced to London’s Royal Marsden Hospital, where she had a bone marrow test. She then started 15 months of intensive chemotherapy followed by maintenance chemotherapy, which finished in December 2012. Erin now has six-weekly check-ups and will continue to do so for the next two years.
Christina said: “Erin kept asking ‘is it today that I’m going to meet Big Erin?’ She didn’t want to go to sleep the day before. When she finally met Erin she took a big gasp and then had a huge smile on her face! It was just a really lovely experience for both her and Caitlyn.”