MARY MAGEE REPORTS
ABOVE: Georgia relaxing back home after her
dream trip to Disneyland Paris. US1608-109
INSET: A picture to treasure as Georgia
dressed up as a princess to help Mickey Mouse switch on the
lights at the theme park.
A SIX-year-old Maze girl who had a bone
marrow transplant last April has had her dream of becoming a
princess come magically true. Georgia Cocking, who suffered from
Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, was given star treatment when she and
her family went on a holiday to Disneyland Paris. Little Georgia
was dressed as a princess and helped Mickey Mouse turn on the
lights as part of the 'Canderation Ceremony' at the Disney
Castle in front of 1,500 people.
The dream trip for Georgia - along with her
mum, dad and brother Liam - was organised by Starlight
Children's Foundation which grants wishes for seriously ill
It's a busy time for Georgia who in June will
be starring in a huge fundraising event for the Anthony Nolan
Trust which played a vital role in finding her a donor. She will
be rubbing shoulders with the cast of Emmerdale at the
fundraiser in the Ulster Transport Museum in Cultra which will
be followed by a ball at the Culloden Hotel on Saturday June 7.
And her mum Debbie and grandfather Bob Parks
will be taking part in an abseil for the Trust.
Despite everything going so well, Georgia
recently had a slight setback when a leukaemia gene was found in
her system during a routine test. However, it was located
quickly and eight weeks ago was treated with a lymph infusion
and she is again back on the road to recovery.
She continues to have her blood checked and
is still closely monitored when she attends the Royal every
Georgia, who has joined an Irish Dancing
School and is now a member of a drama group, is proving an
Her mum Debbie said of the Disney trip said:
"Nothing better or more perfect could have been organised by
Starlight who really took Georgia's dream and brought it to
life. Her wish gave us a rare and wonderful opportunity to spend
fun, worry-free time together.
"She is looking forward to the fundraising
event in June to support the Anthony Nolan Trust which relies on
fundraising events like these. It is the first time this event
has been held in Northern Ireland. It only takes £70 to search
for a bone marrow donor so money is important."
Debbie said that despite Georgia's recent
hiccup she is continuing to thrive.
She said: "She went for her her first hair
cut last week since her treatment began last year. Her lovely
blond hair is now now brown and curly.
"She continues to have lots of energy and she
has a real zest for life. I don't think that she realises just
how lucky she was."
Anyone wishing to make a donation to
Starlight can ring 020 7262 2881. If you would like to help the
Anthony Nolan Trust log onto