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Dancers step out for brave Ella, 10
Thursday 30th January 2014 @ 14:25 by Max Wieland
RECOVERING: Ella Tindall.

RECOVERING: Ella Tindall.

Brave ten-year-old Ella Tindall is battling back against cancer to start dancing again. The youngster was diagnosed with cancer after a swelling on her neck was discovered, although initially doctors be…lieved she probably had a swollen gland.
Ella’s mum Rachel said: “At first we were told that it was completely normal and nothing to worry about, but it didn’t seem right to me. “So I got an appointment at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and within months she had been diagnosed and had had two operations.
“It came as a shock, but at the same time it didn’t as I just knew there was something not right from the very beginning. I can’t fault Manchester at all, they have been brilliant with her.”
Ella, from Newton, Hyde, was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma of the thyroid, a type of cancer that is more common in children and women.
A pupil at Oakfield Primary School in Hyde, Ella underwent a total thyroidectomy and is now recovering well with the good news that the cancer has not spread.
She will go to the Christie Hospital for radioiodine treatment and then six monthly check ups which will eventually move to 12 monthly checks for the rest of her life.
Rachel is now determined to raise awareness and has already raised £1,000 taking part in the Cancer Research Triathlon last year.
Ella is a keen dancer and had joined Hyde’s Freedom Dancers just a few months before her diagnosis.
She has just returned to the group and although she became tired more quickly than usual, everyone was happy to have her back.
When owner of the dance studio and Ella’s teacher Laura-Jayne Greenhalgh heard of Ella’s diagnosis, she decided to do something to help.
Laura-Jayne said: “Ella is lovely, so bright and bubbly and after such a stressful time for her and her family, we decided to hold a fundraiser to try to raise enough money to send them on a holiday.”
Laura-Jayne and some of her adult students will be stepping out on a sponsored 10k walk on Sunday 9 February, but the big event is a variety show on Saturday, February 22, being held at the Hurst Community Centre.
The night is a family event and Ella and her family will be going along to join in before heading to the Christie for Ella’s treatment just two days later.
There will be singers, dancers, artists, a cake sale, raffle and an auction. The headline act, however, will be a Michael Jackson experience, a 30 minute showcase performed by the Freedom Dancers at Disneyland Paris last year.
Tickets for the variety show are £5 for adults and £1 for children and can be bought via the Freedom Dancers Facebook page, website or from the studio at 37-41 Market Street in Hyde.