26th November 2014
We received this letter from a proud mum.
I would like if I may bring your attention to my daughter Kerenza Piotrowicz, and the amazing thing she is doing to help support her 12 year old cousin and Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
Twelve years ago my beautiful niece Ellie was born. Unfortunately due to complications with the birth, she was born with Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy. Despite this Ellie is one of the most determined, brave, mischievous, loving and funny people I have ever had the privilege to have in my life.
A couple of years ago, Ellie underwent deep brain surgery to insert implants to try and alleviate some of the muscular spasms that she suffers continually, and affects her quality of life. The surgery made a huge difference. Unfortunately this year her doctors have discovered that these implants are no longer working correctly and she will have to undergo the surgery again.
With this surgery comes risks and effects, one of which is that Ellie will require to have her head shaved prior to surgery. She has lovely hair and it has only now grown down to her shoulders again after the surgery last time.
My Kerenza and Ellie have always been close, there is only 11 weeks difference in age, and when they are together they are always up to mischief. Whether it's playing on the Wii, swimming in the pool, facing painting Anya (my other daughter) and I, or creating funny videos on her computer. It is usually followed by lots of screaming and loads of laughter. For both Kerenza and Anya, Ellie is just Ellie, and there are no barriers between them.
When Kerenza found out that Ellie had to undertake her brain surgery again, she immediately wanted to do something to help and support her.
Kerenza has decided that she is going to shave her head so that Ellie doesn't have to go through it alone. She has been growing her hair forever and has always wanted long hair, so long that she could sit on it. However she feels so passionately about this cause, that she is adamant that this is what she wants to do.
She has decided to donate her locks to the Little Princess Trust, a charity who provide real hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss. She also wants to raise money for the children's hospital that has looked after Ellie, Guys & St Thomas' Evelina Children's Hospital, and so wants to be sponsored to shave her head.
We shall be travelling up to Stevenage to be with Ellie on the 29th November and we are planning to cut her hair, and shave her head on either Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Ellie is due to go into hospital on the 1st December, with the surgery scheduled for the 2nd.
Kerenza is a sensitive soul and always thinks and cares about others. I am so proud of her strength, character and commitment to do something she cares so deeply about. I am truly humbled by her complete selflessness and actions.
If you would be so kind as to share her story to help her raise funds for this fantastic cause, we would be very grateful.
Julie Matraves-Piotrowicz (one very proud mum)
Well if you this Kerenza is a special lady - then follow the link to donate.
Posted by Tina at 8:35am