Hands up for Amber
Thursday 14th November 2013 @ 15:39 by Mark Phillip

A brave Tameside youngster has left a lasting impression on the new £28.5m Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC).
Amber Irvine’s handprints will be included in the design of the windows of the new building which is due for completion in summer next year.
The centre is being built in Withington and being funded by Cancer Research UK, the University of Manchester and The Christie and is set to revolutionise cancer treatment in the North West.
The handprints will be completed on the same day as a ‘topping out’ ceremony when the topmost beam of the roof is craned into place.
The ‘More Tomorrows’ fundraising campaign is raising the remaining £6m needed to complete the new research centre, which will be the largest of its kind in Europe.
Ten-year-old Amber from Ashton helped to dig the first piece of ground for the foundations of the new centre last year.
Amber, who has three sisters, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2009.
She underwent chemotherapy treatment, being treated for two and-a-half years at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Despite being repeatedly admitted to hospital with infections and having to face losing her hair twice, she has made a good recovery and has now been clear from cancer for more than 18 months.
But the Broadoak Primary School pupil still needs regular check-ups.
Her mum Samantha said: “A cancer diagnosis is a huge shock for anyone, but it is devastating for a child and their family.
“We are just so delighted that Amber has become so involved with plans for the new research centre in Manchester.
“Without research, Amber might not be here today. She absolutely loved the chance to dig the first piece of ground for the new centre last year and now I feel incredibly proud that Amber will be a lasting part of such an exciting development into the fight against cancer in the North West.”
Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, Professor Nic Jones, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that we are able to involve patients and those who have lost loved ones to cancer in the design of the actual building.
For more information visit www.moretomorrows.org.

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