Helping children beat cancer: These helpful videos made brave teen Gracie a YouTube superstar
- Gracie Gosling (14 years old) survived a brain tumor that was diagnosed as cancer in 2019.
- Now fully recovered, she is back at school and making videos to help sick kids
- Online donations to the Mail appeal are possible www.cruk.org/dailymailappeal
After making videos to help other children affected by cancer, a girl who has survived cancer is now a YouTube star.
Gracie Gosling was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma – a brain tumour which affects the pituitary gland – in February 2019, aged ten.
She She had been suffering from headaches and fatigue for over a decade, even falling asleep during family dinners. It wasn’t until she fell asleep on the way to school, that doctors discovered her tumor.
She underwent surgery at King’s College Hospital, London, and then needed proton beam therapy, a specialist radiotherapy, at The Christie hospital in Manchester.
Gracie beat the brain tumor she was diagnosed with at age ten. She now helps other children who are ill by making videos about her experience
After Gracie is now in remission after a successful treatment. She The video has been viewed more than 5,000 time and was created to reassure children that they can beat cancer.
Gracie is now 14 and is back at school. She has been in remission since 2002. She This video, which has been viewed over 5,000 times, was made to reassure children that they too can beat cancer.
To ensure that the beam is accurate, patients must wear a mask to protect their eyes and face during proton beam therapy.
Gracie, from Sidcup, south-east London, said: ‘I won’t lie I was terrified having the mask fitted but they were very comforting. I’m absolutely fine now.’
Her father Justin recalled the day they discovered her tumour: ‘When she first got diagnosed it was terrible. I almost passed out. It was terrible news. No one wants to hear their daughter’s got a brain tumour.’
The majority of the 1,800 children who develop cancer each year in the UK are treated with long-term therapies like radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or surgery.
The Daily Mail is asking readers for donations to help fund vital treatments like that of Gracie. Cancer remains the leading cause demise in young people. Learn how to donate by clicking the image above
She was rushed straight to King’s College Hospital where they operated the next morning. She said: ‘It was a horrible experience, I was in surgery for seven to nine hours, but the hospital was fantastic.’
Although they removed most of the tumour, doctors hadn’t been able to take out a part near her optic nerve, which led to six weeks of proton beam treatment.
Gracie has used all the knowledge she gained to help other kids by creating a video on proton beam treatment and what you can expect.
She said: ‘It’s horrible they’re going through it but it’s great that I can help them not be scared.’
She He is a determined actress. She said: ‘I want to do anything that involves acting or presenting – that’s my main goal.’
Through its Fighting to Beat Children’s Cancer campaign in partnership with Cancer Research UK, the Daily Mail is asking readers to dig deep and raise funds to test vital treatments like this. Cancer remains the leading cause demise in children.
Just £10 could fund a month of scanning and storing microscope slides, which will help researchers discover new ways to beat cancer.
Online donations can be made to the Mail appeal www.cruk.org/dailymailappeal.