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Poppy's Scan Results - September 2010

Hi All,
We hope this find you all well. Here is our latest news....

Well, we are writing with great news! Poppy's latest scan (7th Sept) has shown more stability, that's 5 stable scans in a row! Dr Peet feels that he can now say the radiotherapy has worked & Poppy can wait 6 months until her next scan...that is the longest wait since her diagnosis in March 2004...fantastic! This is a position we only dreamed we could be in one day. We are incredibly lucky. We know Poppy's battle isn't over, she still has tumour & a huge cyst, the long-term effects of the chemotherapy & radiotherapy are awful, but we live for today...and today is great :o)

Poppy has just become a junior at school, and is learning to play the violin. She has also just gained her 400m swimming badge & is getting ready for a dancing competition in November, such a busy bee!!! She is loving playing with Lily, who is now 4 months old & full of smiles for her big sister!!

We are looking forward to our next big event... 'Poppy Fields @ Kube - School Disco' - on Friday 12th November at Kube, Tamworth. It is a fab night, for over 18s, with a school uniform themed fancy dress! Tickets are on sale now at only £7 each, with every penny going to Birmingham Children's Hospital. If you'd like to join us please email or text me!!

As always we are overwhelmed by the support we receive, here are just some of those who have supported us...

  • Palletways (Fradley) have chosen us as their charity of the year!!! They have already arranged a cabaret night.
  • Steve Darlaston & the amazing 'Team Poppy Fields' are running the Birmingham Half Marathon this month…you can sponsor them at
  • Woodhouse School held a tombola & raised £185
  • Becci & Dean Smith took part in the Great Midlands Fun Run & raised £115
  • Paul, Dave, John & Paul walked up Snowdon & raised £500.
  • LSC Group had a dress down day & raised £50.
  • Rachel Frost has very kindly created & donated a beautiful hand-made vase called ‘Poppy Fields’ - we will auction off this beautiful piece at our 2011 ball.


Clic Sargent
In September we were very lucky to have our 3rd holiday at CLIC’s Malcolm Sargent House in Ayrshire, Scotland. It is beautiful there & as always we were spoilt rotten! CLIC offers free holidays for families of young people (under 25) with cancer - a fantastic charity. Last year we purchased a large outdoor xylophone from ‘Poppy Fields’ - this is now in the new music garden there. Thank you to the staff for such a relaxing holiday.



Poppy's Friends
As always we ask for your prayers for Poppy's special & brave friends. Again, I’m sorry to say we have some very sad news to share - Ashley passed away as a result of neuroblastoma in September - he was 7, just 9 days older than Poppy - our love & thoughts are with Clair, Jamie & Amber always. Jazmine, who is only 9, is now in a hospice as her cancer is terminal, we hope for peace soon for her, and our love & thoughts are with Jadi, Wayne & Jess.

We have nice news to share too, Jasmine is doing remarkably well since her kidney transplant. Poppy’s friend Billy who was diagnosed with aggressive neuroblastoma at just 4 months old has just passed his 5-years in remission mile-stone & has just celebrated his 6th birthday.

Please pray for Abi, George, Jasmine, Haydn, Mia, Hope, Alex, Liberty, Jazmine & all of the special kids from our Facebook Oncology group of friends, Poppy Fields Special Mums & Dads & the Optic Glioma Online support group, Thank you.


Love to you all,
Lisa, Brian, Poppy & Lily Guilder


'Poppies grow in an environment of wind, rain and the worst nature can throw at them. Despite this they grow up strong and hardy, yet delicate and beautiful.'