A schoolgirl fighting a rare form of cancer will begin her life-saving treatment today thanks to her eight-year-old sister.
Demi Butler, 11, from Ellesmere Port was told the heartbreaking news in July that she has acute myeloid leukaemia.
For the best chance of survival, she was told she would need a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible.
Amazingly, her younger sister, Ellie Butler, is a match and could hold the key to saving Demi's life.
Demi and Ellie both visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital last week to discuss the bone marrow process and treatment plan.
However following the appointment, doctors were unhappy with the pace Demi’s cancer has deteriorated and decided to pull her treatment date forward by two weeks.
She was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool today (October 4) before going to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to begin intensive chemotherapy.
She will now be put in isolation for almost two months as part of the transplant process.
Demi told the Chronicle all the messages of support received by friends and family have made her feel ‘much stronger’.
She said: “I’m really excited to get it over and done with and to start feeling better again.
“I can’t wait to go swimming again and I've planned to go to Blackpool on all the rides when I’m better.
“At first I was scared but all the messages people have been sending me have made me feel much stronger.
“I feel quite brave and all the doctors make it less scary - they’re all really nice.”
As part of the treatment, Demi will stay secluded in a room with her grandmother for seven weeks.
However, her family, including Ellie, will watch the moment Demi receives the transplant, which will hopefully set her free of the cancer.
Once the transplant is complete, the two sisters will share the same DNA forever and undoubtedly an unbreakable bond.
Ellie said she is ‘very proud’ of Demi’s bravery and explained why she has decided to go through with the donation.
“I’m doing it to save Demi’s life.
“It’s scary, but I’m excited to be able to help Demi and save her life.
“I think I’m going to feel sad and happy when I see Demi having my bow and arrow [bone marrow] because she’s going to be quite poorly but I know it’s going to help her.
“She’s really brave, I’m very proud of her.”
Demi added: “I’m happy that Ellie was a match, I’m really proud of her.
“At first she was quite scared, but now she’s got used to it a bit more.
“I think I would be too scared to do what Ellie’s doing for me because it would hurt - she’s really brave.
“All the doctors have been telling me how special Ellie is.”
For each round of treatment or hospital appointment Demi attends, she is given a different bead by each doctor as a symbol of strength and hope.