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Maja, five, fights acute lymphocytic leukemia. A charity made sure that she could realize her dream of becoming a tattoo artist. The young person is depicted after tattooing her name on a grapefruit

A five-year-old leukemia girl who has always wanted to be a tattoo artist lives her dream because ink salon gives her a day of apprenticeship

  • The girl, only known as Maja, fights acute lymphocytic leukemia
  • Charity & # 39; A Special Wish & # 39; ensured that a local salon could set up an internship
  • Youngster drew a panda design that was tattooed on her parents
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A girl with leukemia who dreams of becoming a tattoo artist has been able to make her dream come true after an internship at a local salon for a day.

Maja, whose surname is unknown, has acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). The disease progresses quickly and aggressively, according to the NHS.

After hearing about her ambitions, a charity arranged a local tattoo shop to set up a day course for her.

The youngster, from Cleveland, Ohio, was shown how to use all the tools, was given a tour of the inks, and practiced tattooing her name on a grapefruit.

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She ended the day by drawing a panda template, which a professional then tattooed on her parents for her.

Maja, five, fights acute lymphocytic leukemia. A charity made sure that she could realize her dream of becoming a tattoo artist. The young person is depicted after tattooing her name on a grapefruit

She smiled when her panda design was etched on her mother's ankle

She smiled when her panda design was etched on her mother's ankle

Maja, five, fights acute lymphocytic leukemia. A charity made sure that she could realize her dream of becoming a tattoo artist. The young person is depicted on the left after tattooing her name on a grapefruit and smiling on the right while her panda design was etched on her mother's ankle

The charity A Special Wish contacted Voodoo Monkey Tattoo in Cleveland to make Maja & # 39; s dream come true, News 5 Cleveland reported.

For the next day, Maja – whose forecast is unclear – went out for tacos, where the waitress let her practice her tattoo skills on her arm with a pen.

Once in the tattoo shop, the younger met the various artists. She was given a tour and showed the different bottles of colorful ink they use.

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Maja ended the day with the team to make her panda design.

She watched as her mother had etched the sketch on her ankle, while her father chose to have the design on his forearm.

A Special Wish spokesperson wrote on Facebook: & # 39; Thank you to everyone who made this great day possible.

& # 39; Something tells us that Maja & # 39; s Tattoo will become very popular with Voodoo Monkey !! & # 39;

Before tattooing her name on the piece of fruit, Maja was given a tour of a local tattoo shop

Before tattooing her name on the piece of fruit, Maja was given a tour of a local tattoo shop

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Before tattooing her name on the piece of fruit, Maja was given a tour of a local tattoo shop

ALL affects the white blood cells, which play a crucial role in immunity.

It happens when a large number of white blood cells from the bone marrow are released into the blood before they are fully developed.

It causes the number of red blood cells, which carry oxygen, and platelets, which cause clotting, to decrease.

Around 790 new cases of ALL occur in the UK every year, according to statistics from Cancer Research UK.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,000 new cases occur every year in the US.

WHAT IS LEUKEMIA?

Leukemia is a cancer that starts in blood-forming tissue, usually the bone marrow.

It leads to overproduction of abnormal white blood cells that fight infection.

But a higher number of white blood cells means that & # 39; less space & # 39; is for other cells, including red blood cells – which carry oxygen through the body – and platelets – that cause blood to clot when the skin is cut.

There are many different types of leukemia that are defined based on the immune cells they affect and how the disease progresses.

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For all types together, 9,900 people in the UK were diagnosed with leukemia in 2015, according to statistics from Cancer Research UK.

And in the US, according to the National Cancer Institute last year, around 60,300 people were told they had the disease.

Most cases have no clear cause, with the cancer not being contagious or inherited.

Leukemia is usually more common with age – with the exception of acute lymphocytic leukemia, which peaks in children.

Other risk factors are being male, exposed to certain chemicals or radiation, and some bone marrow disorders.

Symptoms are generally vague and get worse over time.

These can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Frequent infections
  • to sweat
  • Bruises
  • Heavy periods, nose bleeds or bleeding gums
  • palpitations
  • Shortness of breath

Acute leukemia – which progresses quickly and aggressively – can often be cured via chemo, radiotherapy or a stem cell transplant.

Chronic forms of the disease – which usually progress slowly – are usually incurable, but these patients can often live with the disease.

Source: Leukemia care

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