A three-year-old girl from Chester who is battling leukaemia is preparing to meet a young woman who beat the same disease and is now living life to the full.
Sarah Golden, whose sister Becky, now 21, overcame acute lymphoblastic leukaemia as a child, contacted the family of little Erin Cross after reading about Erin’s struggle in the Chronicle .
Becky was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 11 and went through three years of treatment at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Like Erin, she suffered mobility problems, but responded well to her treatment and is today a happy, healthy 21-year-old who is training to be a dental nurse.
Becky will meet Erin face-to-face at a special Valentine’s Party fundraiser this Sunday, which will raise money for the Oncology Unit at Alder Hey.
Erin’s mum Sarah said: “Hearing about Becky and how well she has done with her treatment has made me feel a lot more positive.
“Sarah and Becky now want to help Erin and join our team and we are really looking forward to meeting them.”
“They have already organised a lot of help for our party and we are really grateful.”
The party, at All Saints Church Hall in Hoole, will be a family fun event, featuring a bouncy castle, Totally Into Art craft table, Disney characters, face painting, craft stalls, a raffle and refreshments.
There will also be a visit from the Toys R Us mascot as well as a Valentine-themed cake competition judged by Jules, the owner of 'Cake Chester'.
The party is just one of the exciting events coming up that Erin is looking forward to.
Later this year, she will see one of her biggest wishes come true when she gets to meet Mickey Mouse at Disneyland.
Last September the Cross family applied to the Make a Wish charity saying it was Erin's dream to meet Mickey Mouse and go to the Disney Palace.
Following an ‘interview’ last December, they were thrilled to hear they had won a seven-night stay at the 'Give Kids The World Village' in Florida, complete with passes to Disneyland and all the other parks in Orlando, as well as tickets to jump the queues.
Sarah said: “This is a place for families like ours to enjoy a holiday of a lifetime.
“The village is all about fun, there's ice cream on the breakfast menus and it’s visited by all the characters from Disneyland after they have finished their shift!
“Everything is being provided by the charity- from Erin's passport to all our food and drink. They are also organising everything to do with Erin's medical needs.
“It is going to be a magical seven days which Erin completely deserves after the year she has had.
“We hope that for seven days we will be able to forget all our worries and have tonnes of fun” she added.
If you’d like to come along to Erin’s Valentine’s Party on Sunday, it starts at 2.30pm and costs £2 per adult, £1 per child or £5 for a family.