Battersea family campaigns on behalf of lovely Lizzy

Wandsworth Guardian: Alex Bremer with Lizzy Bremer Alex Bremer with Lizzy Bremer

A grief-stricken mother and father who lost their daughter to a rare form of cancer are on a fundraising mission in her memory.

Alex and Miriam Bremer, of Battersea, said goodbye to their daughter Lizzy sat in Clapham Common last year where she died peacefully in their arms two days after her second birthday.

The youngster was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in January last year and was one of only 15 children in the UK receiving treatment for it at high-risk stage four.

For six months Lizzy underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but the cancer aggressively took hold three weeks before her death.

Neuroblastoma, which is only found in children, has no cure and is often not diagnosed until it spreads to other parts of the body.

The couple is now working diligently to raise awareness of the disease, raising money for the Neuroblastoma Society, a charity which supports research into finding a cure.

Mrs Bremer, a pilates teacher, has thrown herself into sporting activities and has already raised more than £25,000.

Last year she ran the London Marathon for charity Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) and plans to run it again, followed by the Brighton Marathon in April for the Neuroblastoma Society.

The British Antique Dealers' Association is also holding its opening gala in memory of Lizzy.
It will have a theatrical theme in tribute to the toddler's love of performance.

Businesses in the area have been supporting Lizzy's legacy, with Eat Pray Love giving donations and Starbucks, in St John's Road, running a gold-ribbon fundraising initiative.

Mr Bremer, company director and founder of Silicon Junction in Battersea, said it was heart-breaking watching his usually active little girl asleep all day because of the treatment drugs.

He said: "Nothing will bring our daughter back, but Miriam and I take great comfort in fundraising.

"We know that if our GP had referred her to hospital rather than send her home with a swollen stomach she would have had a chance of survival.

"There is no blame given, any GP would have been likely to have responded in exactly the same way.

"We feel that if that awareness was slightly greater than perhaps children may stand a chance of survival."

To make a donation visit justgiving.com/Miriam-Bremer1

Visit lizzy.bremer.co.uk

To book tickets to the gala visit bada-antiques-fair.co.uk/charity-gala

 

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