Chester schoolgirl Erin Cross may be undergoing lifesaving leukaemia treatment in the USA but people from all over the world ensured she was still able to celebrate in style on her sixth birthday.
Erin’s parents Sarah and Antony from Upton asked as many people as possible to send birthday messages to her on her special day which falls today (Tuesday, August 23), so she would feel extra special despite being thousands of miles from home as she has Car T Cell therapy in Seattle, Washington.
The treatment, which the public raised more than £100,000 to help fund, will ultimately put Erin in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and make her eligible for a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.
People were only too happy to help make Erin’s birthday one she’d never forget, and it took her and her parents more than two hours to open the hundreds of birthday cards and presents that were sent over to Seattle for her - many not just from Chester but from all over the world.
Sarah said: “We have just spent around two hours opening all Erin’s beautiful cards. We did it the day before so we’d have more time to read through them all. She has received well over 220 cards and there’s still more to open in the parcels that we’ve also received.
“I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone that has sent a card or gift. She has had them from all over the world, many from her hometown of Chester but also from as far as New Zealand and Australia, also Ireland and Holland and from all corners of the UK.
“Thank you to everyone for making our little girl feel extra special. Tomorrow we plan to give her the best birthday we can and she’s going to have lots of fun here in Seattle.”
Erin begins her four days of intensive chemotherapy tomorrow (August 24) to prepare her body for the T cell infusion on August 30.
Sarah added: “We have one more day of fun with our little girl, then we knuckle down and get on with Erin’s treatment and the reason why we are here - to beat her leukaemia once and for all!”