Cockermouth family’s heartbreak as nine-year-old loses cancer battle

A family has spoken of their heartbreak after a little girl who “always had a smile on her face” lost her four-year battle with cancer.

9-year-old Faith Lawson from Cockermouth was described as strong, independent and determined by her devastated nanny, Julie Baker.

But she said the youngster, who died on May 2, left them with memories for a lifetime.

Julie said, “The whole time Faith went through this, it was always about Faith and what’s best for her. She never knew she had cancer.

“She was only five when she was diagnosed and it has always been normal for her.

“She always had a smile on her face, she never complained that she just kept doing it and that’s what kept us going.”

Just like every nine-year-old during the pandemic, she became a TikTok fan and shot numerous videos and did the popular dances on the app.

Faith had an infectious smile and loved life.

In her short life she faced tragedy because she had lost both her parents. She leaves behind her older sister Kasey.

Faith battled brain cancer, underwent 12-hour surgery, and had round after round of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. But a little over a month ago, she started having seizures.

The family has traveled back and forth to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and has been supported by many charities, all of which have contributed to providing Faith with a wonderful life full of fun and special moments.

Now Julie hopes she can help one charity in particular, Cancer Research UK for Kids and Youth, so that no other child will have to go through what Faith has been through.

She said, “Only about two percent of cancer research funding is spent on cancer research in children and young adults.

“I want to help raise money for the children, they are the future and they are the ones who should receive the treatment.

“These children are special. It is Faith’s gift to help them, they are wonderful.

“All the charities that help give so much and have contributed to making so many memories. She loved her time in the hospital, the staff and the volunteers made it so much fun.

“She even had to go to the cinema on her hospital bed.”

Affectionately known as Princess Faith, she loved motorbikes and regularly ran a ‘lemonade stand’ at home for motorcyclists to raise money.

Now her family is calling on the motorcycle community to come and help her send what she would love.

Her final voyage will take place on May 13, and motorcyclists are asked at 11 a.m. in Main Street, Cockermouth, to form a procession on her final journey.

The funeral procession leaves her home at 11:30 am, her family has asked if people can wear gold ribbons and donate to Cancer Research UK for children and young people.

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