Let's get our little princess to Disneyland
SHE is a typical little girl, passionate about princesses, and her biggest wish is to go to Disneyland Paris to meet her heroines in person.
But three-year-old Amelia- Rose has to get well first.
The tot is fighting cancer and must first beat a tumour on her kidney and the cancer which has spread to her lungs.
Mum Shana Rees, 21, and dad Ben Mason, 23, from Lansdown, Cheltenham, are going all out to raise the funds to make her dream come true.
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Shana hopes Amelia-Rose could be in Disneyland this time next year in remission.
She is going into Bristol Children's Hospital on October 31 to have her tumour and kidney removed, followed by a gruelling year of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
"It's going to be a very long road," said Shana. "But we're very hopeful and positive because Amelia is being so strong.
"She was very confident and bubbly, but this has been knocked – yet she still dances around with her dollies.
"She's always been a very girly girl and says 'oh look at all the princesses' in the Disneyland TV adverts. She's got quite a few Disney princesses – she takes one wherever she goes."
Shana went to St Paul's medical centre after noticing the left side of her daughter's stomach was too hard.
Amelia was referred to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and diagnosed with a Wilms' tumour of the kidney.
"We discovered it had spread to her lungs after an MRI at Bristol Children's Hospital," said Shana. "I was a mess and totally destroyed but my partner has been strong for us."
The family has received a huge helping hand from big-hearted Gary Woodhall.
The 60-year-old, from Fiddlers Green, saw his wife Shirley and daughter Kelly conquer breast cancer at the same time.
He has organised a Motown night to kick-start a £2,000 fundraising target.
Mr Goodhall said: "I've just been on this journey and, with the help of family and friends, got to the end.
"But Amelia-Rose is only three years old and I just feel for the parents."
Gary's last Motown night raised £1,300. His DJ friends Pete French, from Leckhampton, Mark Finch, from Springbank, and Paul Garland, will help spin some discs.
The caring ex-DJ hosts the evening at 7.30pm on November 17 at Cheltenham Civil Service Club.
Tickets are £6 from Gary on 01242 228559 or from the Civil Service club.