Andy Murray and other stars show their support for Spixworth’s Maisie Lossau as she battles brain tumour
- Credit: Dawn Lossau
Support continues to pour in for an 11-year-old from Spixworth battling a brain tumour.
Brave Maisie Lossau was diagnosed with the tumour in January of last year and spent a gruelling eight months in hospital during 2016.
But now, as her family wait to find out the next steps, an army of supporters continue to unite under the banner of Team Awesome, to show Maisie she is not alone.
As well as sending photo messages from around the world, well-wishers have dedicated themselves to tracking down celebrity support.
The latest to send his best wishes was tennis star Andy Murray. He said: 'Sorry to hear you're unwell. Everyone at Team Murray is with you and Team Awesome.'
Maisie's mother, Dawn Lossau, said: 'It's great because she does know who he is.'
Since facing the prospect of 18 months of chemotherapy, which has now been delayed, Maisie also received messages from popstar James Arthur and gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE. More recently, Shaun Williamson (Barry from Eastenders), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Peaky Blinders and Detectorists) and Spencer Jones (Live at the Apollo) gave Maisie their backing.
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Mrs Lossau said they had a boost when Maisie paid a visit to the Slanted Dance group. She said: 'She did go back to visit her old dance group the other day, which was lovely. It was the first time since she had seen all those people since she stopped dancing last January.'
Things were also progressing with creating a special outdoor space for the youngster, who cannot get onto the family's garden grass in her wheelchair, with work due to start in mid-May.
And as well as messages, Maisie had also been inundated with kindly donated bandanas - in case she loses her hair during chemo. Last week, The Neesa Sewing Group made 45 of the head garments ready to post off to the family.
'They're still coming through and we've got a big box full of ones Maisie likes, and a big box of ones she wants to donate elsewhere,' Mrs Lossau added.
'It still blows us away the support we're getting, with people still joining the group. All we can say is thank you.'
To follow Maisie's journey on Facebook, click here.
A campaign launched earlier this year aims to raise awareness of brain tumour symptoms.
Headsmart, which includes a website, symptom animation and symptoms cards, lists the warning signs of a brain tumour in babies, children and teenagers.
These include vomiting, balance problems and unusual eye movements.
Newly-added symptoms, after a review of all the evidence showing the most common signs of childhood brain tumours, include increasing head circumference in under-fives and loss of vision across all age groups.
The new campaign also includes an icon, nicknamed Sam. Each of the 10 childhood brain tumour symptoms is represented by Sam in a different, easily-recognisable form.
Headsmart say the 10 symptoms to spot are:
• Persistent/recurrent headache
• Persistent/recurrent vomiting
• Balance/co-ordination/walking problems
• Abnormal eye movements
• Blurred or double vision
• Behaviour change
• Fits or seizures
• Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck
• Increasing head circumference (crossing centiles)
• Delayed or arrested puberty
• Symptoms vary across age groups.
For more information, visit headsmart.org.uk