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Amber, 8, appeals to public to help create childhood cancer awareness unicorn

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 05 April 2018

Amber Gooch-Boags, eight, is trying to raise money and awareness for other children with cancer through the creation of 'Golden Sparkle' a pony style toy. 
Picture: Nick Butcher

Amber Gooch-Boags, eight, is trying to raise money and awareness for other children with cancer through the creation of 'Golden Sparkle' a pony style toy. Picture: Nick Butcher

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An eight-year-old battling a rare form of cancer is appealing to the public to help her achieve her “dream” of creating a special toy to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

Amber Gooch-Boags, eight, is trying to raise money and awareness for other children with cancer through the creation of 'Golden Sparkle' a pony style toy. Amber with her mum Jemma. 
Picture: Nick ButcherAmber Gooch-Boags, eight, is trying to raise money and awareness for other children with cancer through the creation of 'Golden Sparkle' a pony style toy. Amber with her mum Jemma. Picture: Nick Butcher

Amber Gooch-Boags, from Gillingham, hopes the magical unicorn named ‘Golden Sparkle’ will soon bring comfort to children going through a similar situation.

Amber, who attends Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles, said: “I just think she could really help a lot of people.

“Golden Sparkle has special powers and can magically erase cancer.

Amber Gooch-Boags, eight, is trying to raise money and awareness for other children with cancer through the creation of 'Golden Sparkle' a pony style toy. 
Picture: Nick Butcher.Amber Gooch-Boags, eight, is trying to raise money and awareness for other children with cancer through the creation of 'Golden Sparkle' a pony style toy. Picture: Nick Butcher.

“I want her to help people and raise awareness.”

In May last year Amber was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma of the petrosal bone – a cancerous tumour in her middle ear.

The tumour has caused paralysis to the right side of her face, damaged the hearing in her right ear and due to its position is inoperable.

Amber Gooch-Boags. 
Picture: Nick Butcher.Amber Gooch-Boags. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Between May and December, Amber underwent a gruelling chemotherapy schedule at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and travelled to Florida to undergo proton beam therapy.

Her beloved Dumbo teddy was by her side each step of the way and Amber hopes ‘Golden Sparkle’ can provide the same constant comfort while raising money and awareness,

Therefore she is appealing to businesses and members of the public with toy manufacturing knowledge to get in touch through the Ambers Smile Facebook page.

While Amber’s treatment has ended the tumour remains.

She will undergo regular MRI scans over the next 10 years to determine if the treatment was successful.

Jemma Gooch-Boags praised her “amazing” daughter’s strength and resilience.

She said: “She has gained a maturity, knowledge and understanding beyond her years.”

The idea for ‘Golden Sparkle’ came about when Amber and her family began to design gold T-shirts for the Cancer Research UK’s upcoming Norwich Pretty Muddy event.

While pink is classically associated with the charity, Mrs Gooch-Boags hopes to create “a sea of gold and raise childhood cancer awareness”.

She said: “You don’t just survive it. Families live with the implications of childhood cancer for the rest of their life.

“Children with cancer are so brave. All Amber wants to do is be normal and go to school.

“But the reality of childhood cancer is so hard – it goes like a wrecking ball through your life.”

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