Schoolgirl cancer survivor dances to help others

Anneliece Butler of the Kathleen Davis Stage School in the city, whose battle against cancer has inspired her fellow dancers to stage a show and donate the funds to the RNLI.

Anneliece Butler of the Kathleen Davis Stage School in the city, whose battle against cancer has inspired her fellow dancers to stage a show and donate the funds to the RNLI.

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A TWINKLE-TOED 10-year-old, who fought back from a rare cancer to become a dancing star, is helping other youngsters to beat the disease.

Anneliece Butler underwent months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with two Wilms’ tumours in her left kidney.

Throughout it all, the Castletown youngster never gave up her passion for dancing, which helped her to deal with her treatment.

Now she is joining fellow pupils of the Kathleen Davis Stage School, Sunniside, at an Empire Theatre show to raise funds for the teenage cancer ward at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Mum Joanne said: “This is a great opportunity for Anneliece to give something back to the people that helped her and show what can be achieved.

“I think it’s great Kathleen Davis is doing like this. If we could fill the Empire it would be fantastic as it could raise £1,000 for the trust.”

She added: “Anneliece is absolutely fantastic at the minute. It’s hard to believe she was so poorly when she was younger.”

Anneliece will perform in Count Us In – 5,6,7,8, a celebration of dance styles from around the world, at the Empire on March 19. Fifty pence from each ticket sold will go to the RVI.

Tickets cost £7 to £11 and are available from the box office on 0844 847 24 99.