Girl, 13, diagnosed with cancer after mother brushed daughter’s hair

A schoolgirl faces seven months of grueling chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer.

Mother Kerry Minshall discovered a lump on Holly-Louise Edwards’ neck as she was cutting her hair.

The 13-year-old was checked by doctors who diagnosed her with stage four Hodgkin’s lymphoma last month.

Now a fundraising appeal has been launched to support Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy student, who is currently receiving homeschooling due to his illness.

Mother-of-two Kerry, 39, said: “It was hard to spot any symptoms. She was tired and had some weight loss. I was doing her hair one day and there was a big lump on her neck She said it had been there for a while.

“She has as long hair as she never ties back, so I never saw it. When I saw the lump I was quite surprised at how big it was. We got her to the doctors right away and they were very good at get her referred to the hospital.

“She had been to scans and tests, but they said from day one that there was a possibility that it was cancer.

“What she has goes on in my family. It is known to be hereditary.”


Holly-Louise – who is on steroids – is undergoing chemotherapy at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Kerry added: “Right now she’s feeling pretty good. She’s getting her night sweats, which is common. She’s lost weight. She’s very tired.

“They have started her on a treatment and she is doing quite well. After two months she is going for another scan and we will find out if she needs radiation treatment.

“When I was told it was cancer, I was not feeling well. I felt a little bit guilty because it goes through my family, but we are all positive. She’s a fighter.

“She has her moments where she’s sad. The hospital’s oncology department has been amazing. They have been brilliant with what they have given her.

“The school has been helpful in arranging her so that she could do schoolwork from home. Because of Covid, it’s bad enough to have her around normal bacteria when she goes through chemo, but if she were to get something like Covid, it could be seriously harmful to her.

“We made the decision that she should go to school from home. The school has been supportive.

“She is in stage four, but it can be a curable cancer. They are sure they will be able to get rid of it. It’s just a matter of what treatment it takes and how long it takes. . ”

Kerry has set up a fundraising site to raise money for wigs, a laptop and a holiday for Holly-Louise.

She added: “She is still missing some wigs. We are getting one from the Little Princess Trust.


“Holly likes funky colors, so she wants to have fun with it, and that’s to make her smile. We need a laptop for her. She wants to be able to do her schoolwork while she’s in the hospital and something.

“Her biggest dreams have been to live in a log cabin, go to New York and Lapland, so we hope to be able to put some money into it and leave as a family.

“The support makes us feel amazing. She is a very shy person and she suffers from anxiety at times so it is great to know that there are so many people out there who love her and want to help her.

“Thank you so much for donating. It’s going to make a huge difference in making her wishes come true.”

Support the fundraising appeal here.

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